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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.

Trend towards pre-poll voting to strengthen in lead-up to state election

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Josh Gordon, Richard Willingham Up to one in three Victorian voters are expected hand in a ballet paper before the November 29 state election, with debate raging in both parties about whether to “front load” campaign...

East West Link to need large power switching station in Royal Park area

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Josh Gordon, Clay Lucas Building the East West Link will consume so much electricity that the government is planning a “large” new power switching station for the Royal Park area.

Napthine grants millions in special compensation for East West Link after builder threatens to walk

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Clay Lucas and Josh Gordon Taxpayers will be forced to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation to the builders of the East West Link if the toll road is abandoned, after the Napthine government caved in to demands...

Government gambles taxpayers EWL money

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Josh Gordon Talk about rushing things. As highly sensitive leaked documents reveal, cabinet’s Budget and Expenditure Review Committee didn’t sign off on eastern section of the road until last Tuesday.

East West builders seek $500 million kill fee

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Mark Hawthorne, Adele Ferguson, Josh Gordon The consortium negotiating to build Melbourne's East West Link toll road is demanding a $500 million kill fee in its contract with the Victorian Government, after Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews...

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Managing the risk of East West Link a fraught business

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Josh Gordon Interpreted one way, the inclusion of a “kill” clause in the East West Link contract might be seen as an attempt to booby-trap the deal.

Pre-election information blackout unacceptable

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Josh Gordon Hiding agency information before the state election treats the public with contempt.

Government in last gasp bid to beef up Victoria's anti-corruption regime

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Josh Gordon The Napthine Government will attempt to beef up Victoria's anti-corruption regime in a final legislative flurry before the November 29 election.

Year 9 students to be trained in first aid if Napthine wins election

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Josh Gordon All Victorian year 9 students will be trained to administer first aid to victims of heart attacks, strokes, burns and other medical emergencies if the Coalition wins the November 29 election.

More police and security to attend major events


Josh Gordon Victorians attending football finals, the Spring Racing Carnival, the Royal Melbourne Show and other major events will notice more police and beefed up security following a decision to upgrade...

Infrastructure Australia boss warns Labor East West Link pledge could undermine business confidence

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Josh Gordon The federal government's key infrastructure adviser has weighed into Victorian politics, bluntly warning Labor's pledge not to build the road could harm business confidence and result in less federal...

A furious response, but unclear what this will mean on poll day

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Josh Gordon The mood on Spring Street was close to feral as Daniel Andrews confirmed the East West Link will not be built if Labor wins the election.

East West Link project stalls as financiers postpone construction

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Henrietta Cook, Simon Johanson, Josh Gordon The Napthine government's pledge to begin work on the east west link by the end of the year is in disarray, with  financiers close to the project saying construction will be postponed until a...

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Labor to dump East-West Link if elected, even if contracts are signed

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Josh Gordon, Henrietta Cook The East West Link will be dumped if Labor wins the state election, even if business contracts to build the multibillion-dollar road have already been signed.

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Labor stakes all on dislike of East West Link project

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Josh Gordon If it wasn’t clear before, it is now: this election will be a referendum on the East West Link.

Daniel Andrews wants to create 650 votes in Geelong

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Josh Gordon It was a Freudian slip which spoke volumes.

Symbolic step for East West Link but Napthine keeps his distance

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Josh Gordon News that a "preferred bidder" has been selected to build the first half of the Napthine Government's signature East West Link might appear an incremental step.

Coalition wastes more of its political oxygen on Geoff Shaw

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Josh Gordon On Tuesday night Liberal MPs attended a "key seats" meeting ahead of the November 29 election.

Libs angered by Denis Napthine's failed attempt to oust independent MP Geoff Shaw

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Henrietta Cook, Josh Gordon, Richard Willingham Premier Denis Napthine's failed attempt to expel Geoff Shaw has infuriated Liberal MPs, who have questioned their leader's tactics just 85 days before the state election.

Frankston MP Geoff Shaw survives Premier's expulsion bid

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Josh Gordon and Henrietta Cook Geoff Shaw has ramped up his rhetoric against Denis Napthine, accusing the Premier of having "lost the plot" after the balance-of-power MP survived a move by the Coalition to end his controversial...