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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.

Penalty rates pay for private schooling: Bill Shorten's wink to the aspirationals

Tony Wright Bill Shorten has offered one of the more startling defences of penalty rates advanced by a Labor leader, elevating private education as the dream of Australian workers.

Tony Abbott is perfectly OK, and thanks for the therapy, Ray Hadley

Tony Abbott's interview with Sydney radio's Ray Hadley was clearly so therapeutic it might have taken place on a couch.

Tony Wright Tony Abbott's interview with Sydney radio's Ray Hadley - a shouter, often, but in this case, a soother - was clearly so therapeutic it might have taken place on a couch.

Washington and environs could make Joe Hockey's eyes bleed: all that wind power!

Mr Hockey has described wind turbines as a ''blight on the landscape''.

Tony Wright Poor Joe Hockey. He'll need to wear a blindfold if he's not to be affronted in the next episode of his career.

Malcolm Turnbull's excursions to the classical past in quest of the future

Tony Wright Malcolm Turnbull is looking to the classics while leading into the future.

The Keith Murdoch Gallipoli letter and a wartime prophet scorned

Keith Murdoch succeeded in beating the censors.

Tony Wright "We have had a very long tradition of courageous journalists covering Australia's wars," said Malcolm Turnbull, having emerged from his own lesser skirmish to become Australia's new prime minister.

Stop the Surfboards! Scott Morrison declares Tony Abbott's an illegal

Morning surf ... Tony Abbott emerges from North Steyne beach after catching some waves in 2014.

Tony Wright Newly minted Treasurer Scott Morrison is refusing to respond to Tony Abbott's claim that he was a scoundrel and a perjuror on the basis that it came during a sighting at a surf beach.

An outgoing prime minister hosting a party? Labor suffers selective memory

Bob Hawke at press conference after defeat in December 1991.

Tony Wright The Labor Party, which as everyone knows is purer than a driven royal commission, is flailing about in sanctimonious depths by demanding to know who paid for a knees-up or two at Kirribilli...

New Defence Minister: Biggles, Hornpipe and Rockhard settle on cunning tactics

Senator Marise Payne has been named Australia's first female Defence Minister in Malcolm Turnbull's cabinet reshuffle.

Tony Wright Word arrives at the joint Defence chiefs' private mess of a new Defence Minister.

Eddie, the old-school young guy who molded us at high school

Former Heywood High School senior master Eddie Warhurst and his wife Nancy believed a uniform would help instill cohesiveness and pride in their pupils.

Tony Wright Around midnight we were sitting in the darkened streets of the little town where I was born, the blokes in the back seat having a last beer, catching up on 50 years.

Five PMs in five years? Old hat, like treachery. Ask Malcolm Turnbull's father-in-law

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 27:  rime Minister Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull at the Federal Liberal Party Council on June 27, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Jesse Marlow/Fairfax Media)

Tony Wright Shocked that Australia has had five different Prime Ministers in five years and that, in outgoing PM Tony Abbott's words, "a febrile media culture has developed that rewards treachery"?

Malcolm Turnbull, republican Prime Minister, is sworn in by an absent Abbott's knight

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with his grandson Jack, wife Lucy and his daughter Daisy.

Tony Wright The modern go-round of prime ministers in Australia has, unsurprisingly, raised a few eyebrows.

Tony Abbott, an accidental leader who once surprised everyone, goes full circle

Portrait of Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Tony Wright Tony Abbott was the accidental leader of the Liberal Party. He surprised everyone - including himself - by winning the leadership and ousting Malcolm Turnbull in a chaotic spill on December 1, 2009.

In times of trouble, Roly Parks abides: the philosopher from Kalangadoo

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Tony Wright Kalangadoo is one of those little country places with a pub, a railway station that has become a museum because it never gets a train these days, and a weekly market in a disused church.

Tony Abbott grants 12,000 Syrians new lives: Cynics might consider taking a rest day

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Tony Wright Cynics should take a rest day. Tony Abbott, in choosing to resettle 12,000 Syrian refugees permanently in Australia, has acted as a prime minister.

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Two years on, Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten - threatened species - seek their better angels

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during question time on Monday.

Tony Wright Some days seem too easy for sideline commentators. It was Tony Abbott's second anniversary as Prime Minister, it would have been Bill Shorten's identical anniversary as Opposition Leader if the Labor...

A jihad, Peter Dutton? Hand us the confession and we'll sign

Tony Wright dinkus.

Tony Wright Peter Dutton, you may have noticed, has accused Fairfax Media of conducting a jihad against the current regime. We hastily confess to knowledge that jihad is being waged.Who wouldn't?

Border Force Fortitude fiasco surely a feint

Tony Wright It was a cunning smokescreen. Had to be. Why else would the high command of the feared and fabulously coutured Border Force come up with something called Operation Fortitude?

Up to his ankles in bulldust: Tony Abbott hoofs it, leak follows

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb at the Bellevale Homestead Cattle Yard in Yass.

Tony Wright Tony Abbott was far from Canberra on Wednesday morning, up to his ankles in bulldust, and wishing, without doubt, he could stay there.

A script! My kingdom for a script. Here's one, PM. And here's some more...

Prime Minister Tony Abbott, pictured in question time on Tuesday, has warned ministers to maintain public unity.

Tony Wright The audience has been avoiding Abbott's studio productions in increasing numbers, and the ratings have bombed.