Federal Politics

Tony Wright

Tony Wright is the National Affairs Editor of The Age. He has been based in the Canberra Press Gallery for 20 years, working for The Canberra Times, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Bulletin before joining The Age in 2007. He has written two plays and two best-selling books, was named Magazine Feature Writer of the Year twice, has won several UN Media Peace Prizes and has been a Walkley Awards finalist five times.

The protester is challenged by security as Malcolm Turnbull waits for calm.

Guerilla protesters leave PM speechless in the ballroom

Malcolm Turnbull had barely got through his predictable declaration that  Australia needed a clear economic plan to secure its future, the high-powered audience was happily digging in to the remains of its luncheon dessert, a chocolate confection with icecream….when the whole enterprise turned to custard.

<i>Illustration: John Shakespeare</i>

The wooing: Turnbull discovers pain

Prime Minister (presumptive) Malcolm Turnbull lies on his office couch, an ice-pack on his brow and a small bank of telephones assembled at his side.