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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.

Tom Uren portrait a finalist in Archibald

Tony Wright The well-worn face is unmistakable.

PM leads cheers for Murdoch 'gift'

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Tony Wright Every Australian political leader since Black Jack McEwen and John Gorton has cosied up to Rupert Murdoch – or tried to – but none has done it quite so publicly or effusively as Tony Abbott.

PM's Parliament House dining and sitting rooms get $51,500 spruce-up

Tony Wright It seems a pity Clive Palmer won't talk to Tony Abbott, for the prime minister's dining and sitting rooms at Parliament House are ready and waiting, having been given a nice $51,500 sprucing up in...

Oquist still green, but a pragmatist

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer and Ben Oquist ahead of a joint press conference with former Liberal leader John Hewson at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 10 July 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Tony Wright Ben Oquist was long the Australian Greens' most astute political strategist, respected across political divides, who helped engineer the party's significant influence within the minority government...

The emperor in the check shirt, Clive Palmer makes Tony Abbott wait

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer during a joint press conference with former Liberal leader John Hewson, at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 10 July 2014. Photo:

Tony Wright Clive Palmer could not have appeared more content if a dozen hand-maidens had appeared bearing racks of pork chops, a gallon or so of caramelised banana and coconut ice-cream, the keys to a 1939...

Independent thinkers shake Coalition's strength in numbers

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Tony Wright It seemed such a good idea at the time: devote the first week of July purely to the fresh Senate, allowing the rookie crossbenchers to assert their new power over Labor and the Greens by happily and...

Rookie senators gallop in and deliver a good kicking

Senator Ricky Muir

Tony Wright It seemed such a good idea at the time: devote the first week of July purely to the fresh Senate, allowing the rookie crossbenchers to assert their brand new power over Labor and the Greens.

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Parliament freezes in a moment that stopped time

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Tony Wright Should Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have strolled from his hotel in Canberra's frigid morning, rehearsing what would be the first speech by a Japanese leader to the Australian Parliament, he...

Spotlight temporarily denied, Clive comes out punching

Clive Palmer at the Press Club.

Tony Wright Attention deprivation is an affliction Clive Palmer cannot abide. Monday was, thus, shaping as a bad day for Clive.

Just for a moment, Clive was out of focus - he soon fixed it

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Tony Wright Attention deprivation is an affliction Clive Palmer can't abide.

A happy new few take their places in Parliament's red room

New senator Ricky Muir and his son.

Tony Wright There is something oddly reassuring in this world of increasingly uncertain long-term employment prospects to watch a throng of happy souls signing up for a guaranteed six years of solid pay cheques...

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Tony Abbott would have been wise to avoid settlement question

Abbott

Tony Wright The question of whether the Great South Land was ''settled'' before the coming of convicts and their rum-swilling jailers has, you might have thought, been settled for some time now.

Dread and dry mouth: first speeches in Parliament

Canberra

Tony Wright Pity the researchers at the parliamentary library in Canberra’s house on the hill. 

Labor women came to Julia Gillard's defence too late: Tanya Plibersek

Former prime minister Julia Gillard.

Tony Wright The women of Labor's so-called ''handbag hit-squad'' - frontbenchers in Julia Gillard's government - came too late to the defence of Ms Gillard against rampant sexist attacks, former minister Tanya...

Veterans to get better access to mental health services

Outgoing Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley.

Tony Wright Australia's military veterans will be able to gain treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression without having to prove their condition is related to their service, under new...

A guide to Al Gore and Clive Palmer's cosmic connection

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Tony Wright “This must be Thursday," said Arthur to himself, sinking low over his beer. "I never could get the hang of Thursdays.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Scott Morrison's foul bet on torture

Tony Wright Bookies, as everyone on the wrong end of a losing bet knows, are a heartless lot. But even the most hardboiled of bag-swingers, even those not averse to hiring large tattooed gentlemen to collect...

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Evictions turn Speaker into terminator

Tony Wright The much-hyped carbon tax just won't go away.

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Prophets of leaders' doom in June will have to get used to disappointment

Outgoing Prime Minister Kevin Rudd sheds a tear during a press conference after he was deposed by Julia Gillard.

Tony Wright As winter edges its chill into the soul and June creeps towards its end, it has become almost ritualised in Canberra for soothsayers to warm their cold hearts with predictions about the end of...

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No lies in parliament, just truth deficit disorders

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Tony Wright Lawyers, philosophers, priests and the like make whole careers out of trying to define the meaning of truth.