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.

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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.

The establishment's authority is rapidly eroding.

Turnbull sheds doubt

Monday morning of the final week of the meandering eight-week campaign and you had only to watch Malcolm Turnbull working a little crowd in Adelaide to know the weight of doubt that afflicts political leaders in the weeks before a national vote had begun lifting.

Malcolm Turnbull visiting Adelaide on Monday.

The opiate of the Malcolm

As the PM launches into these last days of his election campaign, you'd be tempted on your down moments to wish for a bit of whatever he's having.