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Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon is The Age's state political editor. After a brief period in the Sydney banking world and the federal bureaucracy, Josh spent six years working as The Age's economics correspondent at Parliament House in Canberra. After cutting himself adrift to travel the world, he was lured back to reporting early in 2007. Most recently he has worked as The Sunday Age's politcal editor, based in Canberra, and The Age's state economics correspondent in Melbourne.

Victoria's underemployment rate at a record high

Josh Gordon, Benjamin Preiss Hundreds of thousands of Victorian workers are looking for more hours, with the state’s “underemployment” rate now at the highest level for at least 40 years.

Liberals' Victorian boss Damien Mantach quits

Josh Gordon One of the key strategists linked to the Coalition's historic state election loss has resigned, calling the result a "bitterly disappointing".

Will novice Victorian independent MPs with very different agendas help or hinder the Labor government?

Benjamin Preiss and Josh Gordon The diversity of views in the upper house could hamstring Labor's program, although the MPs vow not to make Victoria ungovernable.

Labor's rate cap to hurt services and infrastructure, ratings agency warns

Josh Gordon and Richard Willingham Victorians might have get used to shabbier parks, local roads and rubbish collection under a state government plan to cap rate council rate increases, a leading international ratings agency has...

Premier Daniel Andrews accuses Tony Abbott of secret plan to cut Victorians' wages by up to one-third

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says Tony Abbott has a secret plan to cut wages.

Josh Gordon The wages of ''hundreds of thousands' of Victorians could be cut by up to a third under a secret Abbott government plan to abolish penalty rates and the minimum wage, Premier Daniel Andrews has...

Wild horses allowed to stay in Barmah National Park after intervention by the Shooters and Fishers Party

Brumbies in the high country in Falls Creek.

Benjamin Preiss and Josh Gordon Wild horses will continue roaming free through a northern Victorian forest after an unlikely upper house intervention by the Shooters and Fishers party.

Andrews government pledges to tackle unusual school asset accounting by Education Department

Josh Gordon A strange accounting method used by the Education Department – where school assets are valued based on student numbers rather than capacity and condition – is in the spotlight in Victoria.

Victoria's unions ramp up wage demands after Daniel Andrews' pay deal with paramedics

Josh Gordon Victoria’s public sector unions are preparing to use a generous pay deal given to paramedics following Labor's election win as a template to demand big pay rises.

Neither side the winner in East West Link debacle

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews

Josh Gordon If you are wondering if the Earth’s cosmic alignment has been thrown out of whack in relation to the East West Link you are not alone.

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Andrews government defies order to release East West Link contract

Premier Daniel Andrews

Josh Gordon The Andrews government is defying an upper house order to release the contract for the East West Link by noon on Thursday.

Tony Abbott faces East West Link investigation over $3 billion funding commitment

East West Link

Josh Gordon, State Political Editor Tony Abbott’s decision to hand over $3 billion of public money for the East West Link without a rigorous benefit-cost analysis will be formally investigated by the national audit office.

Claim Labor jobs scheme could be rorted

Shadow treasurer Michael O'Brien.

Josh Gordon, State Political Editor Bosses who hire young, old or retrenched workers for a minimum of just three months will be eligible for $1000 taxpayer-funded rebates under new legislation to be tabled in Parliament this week.

Victorian taxpayers face massive East West Link compensation bill, contract or not

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Josh Gordon, Benjamin Preiss Victorian taxpayers are facing a massive East West Link compensation bill – even if a court renders the contract for the $6.8 billion road invalid.

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Desalination plant to remain in mothballs

desal plant

Josh Gordon Victoria’s desalination plant will remain in mothballs more than two years after it became operational.

Labor shelves legal bid to dump East West contract

East West Link

Josh Gordon, Benjamin Preiss Labor has indefinitely shelved a complex legal plan to render the East West Link contract “unenforceable” and will instead rely on an expensive settlement deal with the consortium to...

Time for 'fresh talent': Former Nationals leader Peter Ryan bows out of Victorian politics

Former Nationals leader Peter Ryan.

Josh Gordon, Benjamin Preiss Peter Ryan is bowing out of politics after more than 22 years in state Parliament, paving the way for a byelection in his safe seat of Gippsland South.

Victoria's credit rating threatened by decision to rip up East West Link contract

Former premier Denis Napthine with plans for the East West Link.

Josh Gordon, State Political Editor Victoria’s coveted AAA credit rating could be threatened if Labor is forced into a big compensation payout following its decision to dump the East West Link contract.

Infrastructure Australia wrongly dabbling in politics

Josh Gordon, Analysis Infrastructure Australia isn’t supposed to get involved in political squabbles.

Infrastructure chief John Fitzgerald backs away from East West Link funds warning

Infrastructure Australia acting chief John Fitzgerald

Josh Gordon, State Political Editor Australia’s chief infrastructure adviser has backed away from a suggestion that dumping the East West Link contract could jeopardise federal funding for future Victorian projects.

Greens to use upper house numbers to seek closure of Hazelwood power station

Josh Gordon The Victorian Greens will push for the closure of the power station, claiming it is a risk to the community and no longer needed.