Josh Gordon

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.

Missing airport link move clever but questions remain

Josh Gordon Whether you think this idea makes economic sense or not (similar projects in Sydney and Brisbane have been financially problematic), it is clever politics.

Premier Denis Napthine promises Melbourne airport rail link

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Josh Gordon A rail link to Melbourne airport will become a reality under a coalition government.

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Budget tensions on the rise

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State Treasurer Michael O'Brien answers questions from the media after releasing his first budget. 
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Josh Gordon Tensions between Victoria and Canberra have deepened, with the Napthine government accused of taking three months to clarify budget demands for Commonwealth infrastructure funding.

Canberra's sluggishness puts state infrastructure projects at risk

Treasurer Michael O'Brien.

Josh Gordon Abbott government has been sluggish in clarifying funding for key infrastructure projects, including second stage of the East West Link.

TAFE funding in crisis

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Josh Gordon and Benjamin Preiss Victoria's higher-education sector has slumped deeply into the red, with the financial watchdog revealing half of the state's TAFEs are running at a loss after savage government funding cuts.

Napthine 'asleep at wheel' as car industry crashed, says SA Premier

Denis Napthine.

Richard Willingham and Josh Gordon Denis Napthine has been accused of being "asleep at the wheel" over the future of the car industry, with his South Australian counterpart accusing him of refusing to acknowledge, in private...

Coalition clamouring to win back poll advantage on public transport


Josh Gordon In one sense, this is clever hip-pocket politics. By announcing the introduction of zone 1 fares across Melbourne's entire train network from January 1, the Coalition is directly pitching to voters...

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Church and community leaders to face jail if they fail to report sexual abuse

Child abuse.

Josh Gordon People in positions of responsibility in churches, schools, sporting clubs, youth clubs or the government who fail to report potential paedophiles to the police will face up to five years in prison.

State MP Bernie Finn says there is no acceptable reason for abortion

Bernie Finn

Josh Gordon and Henrietta Cook Premier Denis Napthine has distanced himself from controversial comments made by upper house MP Bernie Finn who claimed women who are raped should not have abortions.


Liberal infighting threatens Napthine

Mary Wooldridge.

Josh Gordon Denis Napthine’s bid to find a seat for Mary Wooldridge has hit a wall, after the premier failed to negotiate an upper house solution.

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Minister in shock resignation ahead of cabinet reshuffle

Higher Education Minister Peter Hall.

Josh Gordon State cabinet minister Peter Hall is resigning from State Parliament almost nine months early ahead of a likely cabinet reshuffle next week.

Victorian Liberal Party at war over Wooldridge seat

Mary Wooldridge.

Josh Gordon State Political Editor The Victorian Liberal Party is at war over a replacement seat for cabinet minister Mary Wooldridge, with former premier Ted Baillieu demanding his federal colleagues ''stay out'' of the preselection...

Liberals risk downward spiral

Photo of Dennis Napthine and Mary Wooldridge for a story and the preselection battle for Kew.

Josh Gordon There are tensions along several fault lines in the Victorian Liberal Party.

Napthine's poker machine tax grab faces challenge from Geoff Shaw

Frankston MP Geoff Shaw

Josh Gordon Independent Geoff Shaw is set to torpedo a Napthine government poker machine tax grab, potentially depriving the Coalition of hundreds of millions of dollars as it prepares to fight the November...

Morwell mine fire declared controlled

Firefighters on land and in a helicopter battle a fire burning at the Hazelwood Coal Mine.

Darren Gray and Josh Gordon A fire in a Victorian mine that has blanketed the town of Morwell in smoke is under control.

MP Peter Crisp gave reference to Mildura man with child porn conviction

Victorian National Party Peter Crisp. Image Source: Vic Govt. Peter Crisp

Josh Gordon Peter Crisp provided a character reference allowing a man convicted of possessing child pornography to travel to a Turkish village to marry.

Metro rail tunnel plan will include Melbourne airport link

Denis Napthine.

Josh Gordon and Jason Dowling Long-demanded rail link to Melbourne airport will be included in an expanded Metro rail tunnel plan.

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Denis Napthine urges vote for Mary Wooldridge in Kew battle

Mary Wooldridge.

Josh Gordon Premier Denis Napthine has dramatically intervened to promote his favoured candidate in an increasingly hostile preselection battle for the plum Liberal seat of Kew.

Patrick Stevedores handed millions of dollars for Port of Melbourne hold-up

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Josh Gordon Waterfront operator Patrick Stevedores has been secretly handed $18.5 million to compensate for disruptions caused by the expansion of the Port of Melbourne.

Minister rejects fire health risk

Aeriel photos of the  coal pit at Hazelwood power station

Alana Schetzer Josh Gordon The Napthine government has rejected accusations that it is failing to protect the Morwell community against health risks from the coal-mine fire that has enveloped the Latrobe Valley city in smoke...