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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.

Pollies Christmas: Family comes first

Tony Wright Prime Minister Tony Abbott is dreaming of a white Christmas - in Paris. Mr Abbott, his wife Margie and two of their daughters - Frances and Bridget - will fly to Europe later this week to be reunited...

PM Tony Abbott's first 100 days: a government on training wheels

Tony Wright Tony Abbott, on the most basic measure, was Australia's most successful opposition leader. He oversaw the destruction of Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd again.

Greg Hunt's Christmas sitting an ill-fated pursuit

Environment Minister Greg Hunt.

Tony Wright Greg Hunt, the minister responsible for carbon emissions, often wears about him the haunted look of a boy who might have been bullied at school and is over keen to take it out on a cruel world.

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All hands on deck: deputies step up

Acting Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek, Chris Bowen and Kate Ellis remonstrate with Leader of the House Christopher Pyne during question time in Parliament House, Canberra on Monday 9 December 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

Tony Wright The hands have it. And the facial expressions.

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Same sex couples rush into marriage before High Court decision

Tanya McKinlay

Tony Wright ''Ladies and gentlemen,'' announced wedding celebrant Roger Munston, ''I have the great privilege of introducing to you Chris and Ivan, husband and husband.''

Clive Palmer or Bob Hawke: Who is Australia's quintessential political bogan?

Bob Hawke

Tony Wright Clive Palmer might boast that he's spent most of his life as a bogan, but there's a strongish argument that he was long ago beaten to the title of Australia's most prominent political member of the...

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Canberra's hall of mirrors reflects a disturbing reality

Tony Wright dinkus.

Tony Wright There are days within the hall of mirrors that is Parliament House when the view becomes so distorted it is positively hallucinogenic. Wednesday was one of them.

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Shorten's lack of agility leads to low trousers

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten

Tony Wright It's always unattractive to see politicians caught with their pants around their ankles.

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Last Australian soldiers leave Iraq, ending 11-year campaign

Australian soldiers

Tony Wright Australia ended its controversial military involvement in Iraq on Monday by withdrawing its remaining two military officers from the blood-soaked country.

Queen's rep backs republic and gay marriage

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Tony Wright Governor-General Quentin Bryce has declared her support for same-sex marriage in a speech that veers dramatically from the tradition that vice-regal representatives avoid political controversy.

Mark Textor apologises for offensive tweets about Indonesia

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Tony Wright Mark Textor remarked recently that the biggest change he'd observed during his years as a political strategist was the 'greater and greater divide between the reactions of public opinion and the...

A (fair dinkum) letter to Bambang

Letter

Tony Wright As Tony Abbott chews his pen, trying to figure out how to frame a suitably calming letter to the Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, it tempts The Sketch to offer a suggested form of...

Textor turns tweeter again, to apologise

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Tony Wright Mark Textor remarked recently that the biggest change he'd observed during his years as a political strategist was the "greater and greater divide between the reactions of public opinion and the...

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$3000-a-week mansion for PM - shame he doesn't live there

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Tony Wright, Peter Martin Taxpayers are forking out for an empty residence in a plush Canberra suburb.

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PM's unused mansion costs taxpayers $3000 a week

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Tony Wright and Peter Martin It's one of the very best addresses in Canberra, a mere three kilometres from Parliament House. But it is standing empty while taxpayers fork out $3000 a week in rent.

Sausage sizzle? Wait, there's a snag or two

Tony Wright dinkus.

Tony Wright I hesitate to confess these things, but I ride a motorcycle and occasionally, on a Saturday morning, get the urge to mount up and burble off to find a sizzled sausage for breakfast at a charity stall.

The Labor messiah who could not save himself

Kevin Rudd

Michael Gordon, Tony Wright Once the most popular PM in history, Kevin Rudd remained fundamentally unknowable.

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The best and worst of Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd selfie from facebook

Tony Wright Kevin Rudd's career: from the dignity of sorry to the indignity of selfies.

There will be relief and anger

Rudd

Tony Wright It was all about Kevin. Always. And so, Kevin Rudd chose the dying hours of the first evening of the first full day of the new Parliament, his chance of redemption gone, to announce his resignation...

Are asylum seekers arriving? Scott Morrison ain't bloody well saying

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 13 November 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Tony Wright Scott Morrison, a fellow who lists his major recreation in Who's Who as "church", once tried to entice visitors to Australia with the promise of beaches fairly oozing nubile flesh.