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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.

Desalination plant could be switched on

Josh Gordon Victoria's $4 billion desalination plant could be switched on for the first time as parts of the state experience the driest conditions on record.

Victoria to grow its own medical marijuana

A strictly controlled licensing scheme to produce medicinal cannabis in Victoria now only needs sign-off from the federal government.

Josh Gordon, State Political Editor Victoria is set to become the first state in Australia to legalise marijuana cultivation to treat serious medical conditions including cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy and chronic pain.

ALP jobs for the girls claims against Minister for Women Fiona Richardson

Minister for Women  Fiona Richardson.

Mark Hawthorne, Josh Gordon Minister for Women Fiona Richardson has been accused of using ALP membership records to try and stack government boards with higher income female party members.

State Coalition plan to dump grand final public holiday

Josh Gordon Victoria's grand final public holiday will almost certainly be dumped if the Coalition wins the 2018 state election.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews defends grand final public holiday

Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews during the signing of National Disability Insurance Scheme agreements at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 16 September 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Josh Gordon Premier Daniel Andrews defended the day, claiming it was not only about the economic impact but the benefits to families.

Warning: Crime groups home in on Victorian public servants at gyms, tattoo parlours


Josh Gordon Criminals are befriending Victorian public servants through gyms and tattoo parlours to gain access to sensitive information, Victoria's anti-corruption agency has warned.

Hundreds of properties to be acquired for Metro Rail Project


Josh Gordon, Tom Cowie, Richard Willingham Hundreds of properties will be compulsorily acquired by the Andrews Government to make way for the cross-city Melbourne Metro Rail project.

Victoria's Treasury backs plan to widen Punt Road

Congestion remains an issue on Hoddle Street/Punt Road.

Josh Gordon, State Political Editor A Department of Treasury briefing says a 2.5-kilometre overlay "should be retained" to improve the performance of the badly congested road.

Labor staffing arrangements within the rules

Josh Gordon, Bianca Hall Claims Labor rorted taxpayers by using electoral staff to help run its 2014 campaign have disappeared into a cloud of ambiguity, with parliamentary laws clearly stating MPs have discretion to...

Victoria faces $1.5 billion East West Link budget black hole

Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews

Josh Gordon, Mark Hawthorne Victoria is facing a $1.5 billion budget black hole, with bureaucrats from the Department of Treasury resisting pressure to pad out the bottom line with cash handed over by the Abbott government for...

Anti-corruption watchdog could investigate all Victorian MPs over staff employment

Daniel Andrews

Josh Gordon All Victorian MPs could be investigated over their use of taxpayer-funded staffing entitlements.

Victorian Liberals give Turnbull the numbers for prime ministership

Malcolm Turnbull arrives for the leadership ballot at the Party Room in Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 14 September 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Mark Hawthorne and Josh Gordon It was the moment that convinced the staunchest of Tony Abbott supporters that Malcolm Turnbull had the numbers.

Cannabis cultivation trial set for Victoria


Josh Gordon Victoria is set to grow its own marijuana to help legally treat people with a range of serious medical conditions.

Syrian refugees: house them at Point Nepean barracks, urges Matthew Guy

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews calls for Australia to take more refugees.

Richard Willingham, Josh Gordon Syrian refugees should be housed at the old Point Nepean barracks, just as Australia did with Kosovo refugees in 1999, Victorian Opposition Leader Matthew Guy has suggested.

Doors close on Markham Avenue estate amid foundations for public-private mix

Josh Gordon, State Political Editor The Markham Avenue estate – one of the Melbourne's most dilapidated public housing sites – will be pulled down and replaced with a new development providing a mix of public and private...

Stamp duty concessions for first buyers facing axe

Any move to radically overhaul the state-based housing affordability measures will be controversial.

Josh Gordon, Benjamin Preiss Stamp duty discounts for first home buyers worth $170 million a year could be dumped by the Andrews Government amid concern the measure is failing to make homes more affordable.

Denis Napthine: the accidental premier

Former Victoria Premier Dr Denis Napthine announces his retirement at the Parliament House. 31 August 2015. The Age NEWS. Photo: Eddie Jim.

Josh Gordon When Denis Napthine - Victoria's accidental 47th premier - was handed the Liberal Leadership on his birthday on March 6, 2013, he embraced it as a political gift.

Former Premier Denis Napthine to bow out

Bowing out... Denis Napthine

Richard Willingham, Josh Gordon Former premier Denis Napthine and one of his most senior ministers, Terry Mulder, are expected to bow out of politics next week, paving the way for dual byelections in their neighbouring western...

Tony Abbott's border protection force coming to a street corner near you

Josh Gordon dinkus. Dinkus

Josh Gordon Border protection? On Bourke Street? What the?

Andrews treads a fine line on wage claims

Josh Gordon dinkus

Josh Gordon, Analysis You'd be forgiven for thinking Daniel Andrews was a touch put out by the industrial action plaguing Melbourne's tram network.