Tony Wright

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.

Walking on the wild side of Senate history

Tony Wright As Australians digest a menu of new senators who appear as disparate as the crowd on a Saturday night at the Birdsville races, some of the patrons armed, it's worth remembering that the Senate has...

Votes 'find' may scuttle Mirabella


Tony Wright, Tim Colebatch Liberal MP reduced to little beyond an outside chance of retaining her north-east Victorian seat.

Shock find of missing votes spells doom for Mirabella

Major health announcement in Wodonga by Sophie Mirabella on Friday 16 August 2013 where she promised a $5 million cardiac laboratory for Albury hospital. photo by Ben Eyles / Border Mail

Tony Wright A dramatic slump in frontbencher Sophie Mirabella's chances of returning to Parliament following the discovery of more than 1000 missing votes for her opponent has thrown incoming prime minister Tony...

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Discovery of 1000 missing votes swings momentum away from Sophie Mirabella

Sophie Mirabella

Tony Wright, Bianca Hall and John Elder The Australian Electoral Commission has discovered a missing bundle of 1003 votes for Indi candidate Cathy McGowan at a pre-polling centre in the north-east Victorian town of Wangaratta.

Postal ballots to decide Indi in a knife-edge result

Sophie Mirabella.

Tony Wright The country folk of Indi haven't had excitement like it since the Labor Party accidentally won the seat in 1928, when Country Party member Robert Cook clean forgot to lodge his nomination papers.

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Senior Liberal Sophie Mirabella in danger as independent Cathy McGowan holds lead

Sophie Mirabella

Tony Wright Prominent Liberal Sophie Mirabella remains in serious danger of losing her seat of Indi in north-east Victoria to independent Cathy McGowan.

Watch out Canberra, Clive's coming

Clive Palmer

Tony Wright If a political election is an exercise in mass imagination, it raises a question: what were Queenslanders thinking?

A bike ride, then the real peddling begins

Tony Abbott

Tony Wright It might have been the start of just another Tony Abbott day: a ''short'' bicycle ride - which is to say, an hour and a half of furious pedaling along Sydney's northern beaches - with a few close...

First day of new job for the man who keeps on running


Tony Wright It might have been the start of just another Tony Abbott day.

PUP, up and away! Palmer party takes off, and the ghost of Joh lives

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer with supporters at the Palmer United Party function at Palmer Coolum Resort, at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast.

Tony Wright If a political election is an exercise in mass imagination, it raises a question: what were Queenslanders thinking?

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ALP fiasco was long in the making


Tony Wright Three prime ministers - Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott - in less than three months. Australia has never seen anything like it.

Tony Abbott plays to an adoring crowd as he delivers the prize

ELECTION 2013: Tony Abbott and his family during the Coalition official election night function in Sydney, on Saturday 7 September 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Tony Wright ''My friends,'' declared Tony Abbott, ''I can inform you the government of Australia has changed.''

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Titanic fury: Rupert Murdoch dragged into the Clive Palmer drama

Clive Palmer and Rupert Murdoch.

Tony Wright If you thought Kevin Rudd was a mite annoyed with Rupert Murdoch, there's probably not a word that's adequate to describe Clive Palmer's Titanic fury at the media chief over an article in one of his...

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Kevin Rudd's same-sex response straight from The West Wing

Kevin RUdd

Tony Wright Kevin Rudd's much tweeted and Facebooked response to a pastor's challenge on his recent decision to support gay marriage bears a suspicious similarity to a line from a famous episode of the US...

Time is running out for a Kevin Rudd miracle

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd visited Gagal Technical Training Centre in Gladstone on Monday 2 September 2013. Election 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

Tony Wright The difficulty with Kevin Rudd promising on Sunday that we haven't seen anything yet is that a lot of Australians figure they've seen just about everything.

It looks a bit grim up north, as clouds cast a shadow on Rudd's sunshine

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced former Queensland Premier Peter Beattie would stand for the Federal seat of Forde in Beenleigh in South Brisbane on Thursday 8 2013. Election 2013 Photo: Andrew MearesAFR 09-08-2013

Tony Wright Early optimism aside, Queensland is unlikely to save Labor, write Tony Wright and Daniel Hurst.

Not so sunny

Peter Beattie and Kevin Rudd

Tony Wright and Daniel Hurst The notion of another Queensland Rudd-slide propelling Labor to certain victory has evaporated as surely as spring has arrived.

Power Bingo the winner at Rooty Hill

Nada Makdessi requested a selfie with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott at the conclusion of the People's Forum at the Rooty Hill RSL in Sydney on Wednesday 28 August 2013.

Tony Wright Two blue ties - though perhaps a pedant would call the Rudd accoutrement shiny aquamarine - and two dark suits.

Noel Pearson is a prophet says Tony Abbott

Noel Pearson

Tony Wright The first time Tony Abbott heard indigenous leader Noel Pearson speaking, he was taken aback when Mr Pearson roared "let's get rid of this putrid government!"

Puns milked as Tony Abbott visits chocolate factory

Tony Abbott at Cadbury factory.

Tony Wright Opposition Leader makes a nonpareil appearance at Cadbury's chocolate factory in Tasmania.