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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.
Tony Wright Here we are, in Australia, embroiled in a debate about a $5 fee to see the doctor. A fair and efficient price signal or goddamn socialism? Depends who you ask.
Tony Wright When in doubt - which seems the Abbott government's starting position these days - ministers descend into gibberish rather than attempt a leap into the blue sky.
Tony Wright We've all had that feeling. It's just too much. The end of the year can't come too soon. Australia's government MPs couldn't keep their minds on the job on Wednesday.
Tony Wright There are those callous enough to have referred to Christopher Pyne as twinkle-toes. They got it wrong. He is, it turns out, something of a twinkle-fingers.
Tony Wright Ricky Muir likes cars. Such is the simple pleasure of many thousands - hundreds of thousands, probably millions - of other Australians.
Tony Wright Political witch doctors remind us at every election that "governments lose elections, oppositions don't win them".
Tony Wright Prick a balloon and it'll disappear right in front of your eyes. The ABC's Emma Alberici proved that with Clive Palmer Thursday night, just as the ABC's Sarah Ferguson discovered a few months ago.
Tony Wright Ms Gillard, Tony Abbott declared over and over regarding the carbon tax promise, was a liar. If that were so, then so now is he.
Tony Wright There's a moment at certain weddings when astute guests, seeing the partners together for the first time, breathe to themselves: "What in god's name was he/she thinking?"
Tony Wright If a three-handed handshake is too much to manage, what hope achieving any of the resolutions the G20 leaders just put their names to?
Tony Wright Brisbanites packed up and left the G20 to its paranoid paradise on Friday, and headed to the Gold Coast.
Rania Spooner and Tony Wright The letters that spell out ANZAC have been stolen from the commemorative site at the North Beach in Turkey.
Tony Wright No halfway sensible person would argue that proper security is not required at a nation's parliament house.
Tony Wright Tom Uren sits in the nursing home in Sydney's eastern suburbs where he has spent the past few months, thinking of the pleasure he'll get when he regains the strength to return to his home in his...
Tony Wright In the unruly year of 1975, adrift from the craft of journalism and working as a roadie and novice sound-mixer in the rock'n'roll business, I recrafted the introduction to a Gough Whitlam address to...
Tony Wright "The line's broken," said Malcolm Fraser on the death of his friend Gough Whitlam.
Tony Wright "I wouldn't vote for you if you was Jesus Christ himself!" a disgruntled woman was once supposed to have roared at prime minister Bob Menzies during a rowdy town hall meeting.
Tony Wright Is the G20 about to take on the intoxication of world championship wrestling?
Tony Wright It's a simple matter for a prime minister to get booed at a footy match. Just turn up.
Tony Wright The atmosphere surrounding the announcement that a nation was increasing from medium to high its terrorism threat level and thus its terrorism public alert level, would, you might imagine, be a tense...