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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.

Denis Napthine: the accidental premier

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

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

Andrews treads a fine line on wage claims

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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.

Victoria could ramp up debt to pay for new projects, says Treasurer Pallas

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas:

Josh Gordon, State Political Editor Victoria is considering ramping up borrowing to pay for future infrastructure, with Treasurer Tim Pallas promising to throw out the "populist" political rule book decrying debt.

Damien Mantach: Liberal Party in shock after $1.5 million fraud allegations

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Josh Gordon, Royce Millar The Liberal Party has been dealt a devastating blow with allegations former Victorian state director Damien Mantach embezzled $1.5 million worth of party funds.

Damien Mantach: Questions about Liberal Party's handle on financial management

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Josh Gordon For a party that prides itself on financial management, this is a dreadful look.

Victorian Liberal Party probes missing millions

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Josh Gordon The Liberal Party has been dealt a devastating blow after allegations former Victorian state director Damien Mantach embezzled up to $2 million worth of party funds.

Auditor-General John Doyle faces serious 'personal grievance' complaint

Victorian Auditor-General John Doyle.

Josh Gordon, Royce Millar Victorian Auditor-General John Doyle is facing serious allegations by a staff member.

AFL grand final public holiday: Angry businesses urge Daniel Andrews to reconsider

Josh Gordon, State Political Editor Victorian businesses rebel against plans for a new Friday public holiday before the AFL grand final, with a survey of employers revealing three-quarters intend to close for the day.

Competition boss warns port sale could cost the economy

ACCC chairman Rod Sims has concerns about the sale of the Port of Melbourne.

Josh Gordon, State Political Editor Attempts by the Andrews Government to maximise the upfront cash price for the Port of Melbourne could come at a long term cost to the state economy, Australia's competition watchdog has warned.

Victoria to introduce family violence leave for public servants

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Josh Gordon, State Political Editor Nurses, teachers and other public servants facing family violence will be able to apply for the new form of leave under a clause to be built in all future Victorian public sector enterprise...

Matthew Guy has no choice but to be different from Abbott on same-sex marriage

Josh Gordon, State Political Editor Matthew Guy didn't need to phone his mates in Canberra to express his palpable disgust following a vote in the Coalition party room preventing a conscience vote on whether to allow same-sex marriage.

Transport strike could bite Daniel Andrews

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Josh Gordon In the most basic sense, the looming industrial chaos on Melbourne's rail network has little to do with Daniel Andrews and his fledgling government. In another sense it has everything to do with it.

Victoria shortchanged on infrastructure cash: analysis

The Abbott government refuses to provide funding for urban rail projects and argues Victoria has been allocated less cash because the Andrews government does not have any projects to fund.

Josh Gordon and Richard Willingham Victoria is being short-changed almost $1 billion a year in Commonwealth infrastructure funding, amid claims Prime Minister Tony Abbott has abandoned the state ahead of the next federal...

Victorian native forest timber offered at discount price to Japanese mill

Josh Gordon, Tom Arup Victoria's native timber was offered to a Japanese-owned paper mill at a discounted fixed price as part of a secret government deal to end a protracted multi-million dollar dispute over unpaid debts.

Victorian timber bound for China under secret Andrews Government rescue plan

VicForests has been left without a market for hundreds of thousands of tonnes of residual timber.

Josh Gordon, State Political Editor Victoria's low grade native timber could soon be packed into shipping containers bound for China and other cut prices countries for processing under a rescue plan to help ailing state timber company...

Drink-drug drivers to face tough new penalities

Josh Gordon Drivers with drugs and alcohol in their system have until now been charged with either drink-driving or drug-driving, but not both.

Victoria shoulders biggest tax burden in the nation

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Josh Gordon Victorians are shouldering the biggest state and local government tax burden in the nation as the state struggles to cope with booming population growth and rising costs for basic services.

Unions to gain power of staffing levels in industrial agreements

Josh Gordon, State Political Editor Unions would be given free rein to bargain over public service staff levels and even specific appointments under a radical industrial overhaul proposed by the Andrews government.