Federal Politics

Tony Wright

Tony Wright is Fairfax Media's associate editor and special writer. 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.

Senator Cory Bernardi is all about common sense. Just ask him.

Cory Bernardi, seeking a mysterious majority, throws a tantrum

The altitudinous Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi, who fears a move towards bestiality if the 21st century is allowed to have its head, is striking out alone, seeking like-minded companions - a space he has inhabited for his entire political career.

Shelburne Bay: A new generation of Wuthathi celebrate winning back their ancestral land.

Drawing a line in the whitest of sand

More than 1200 square kilometres around Shelburne Bay near the tip of Cape York Peninsula, including the only untouched area of pure-white sand dunes in Australia, has been handed back to the Wuthathi Indigenous people

Clive Palmer was one of the year's biggest losers in more ways than one.

The highlights, lowlights and lowlifes of Parliament 2016

It was the year a freshly recycled Liberal leader, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, took his Coalition to an election and suffered a near fatal gutser. Herewith are some of the awards for achievements – both above and mostly below the call of political duty in 2016.