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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.

Abbott's wink and smirk send cyberspace into a red-hot fury

Tony Abbott.

Tony Wright ''A wink,'' quipped the English lawyer Joseph Ritson in 1793, ''is as good as a nod to a blind horse.''

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With a nod and a wink, PM Tony Abbott eyes off his vocal critics

Tony Wright 'A wink,' quipped the English lawyer Joseph Ritson in 1793, 'is as good as a nod to a blind horse.'

Abbott budget denies universities the leisure to think

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Tony Wright It is unimaginable now, in this time of Christopher Pyne and budgetry constraint, but there was a brief shining moment when a Commonwealth minister of education spoke of a nation's responsibility to...

Why won't they understand? Hockey exasperated at his budget selling job


Tony Wright You suspect things aren't going swimmingly in the sales department when a customer goes on TV to holler that she'd never heard so much rubbish in her life.

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Jolly Joe Hockey, the happy 1965 baby


Tony Wright Joe Hockey was born in August, 1965. This, it turns out, was serendipitous.

The rehearsal before Gallipoli's main event

Ali Gul

Tony Wright Ninety nine years after Australian and New Zealand soldiers splashed ashore at Anzac Cove, the Gallipoli Peninsula continues to disgorge the bitter harvest of 1915.

An anti-corruption body with real powers? That's so Sydney

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Tony Wright Here then, is a tale of two cities.

Former senator Brian Harradine - the blueprint for the power of one

Former Tasmanian senator Brian Harradine.

Tony Wright Brian Harradine, who died on Monday aged 79, was the longest-serving independent Senator in the history of Australia’s federation.

Fantasy trumps reality as Julia Gillard reflects on Game of Thrones and her time as prime minister

Prime Minister Julia Gillard

Tony Wright Ms Gillard has taken to the esoteric business of critiquing, for an online publication, the cult TV show Game of Thrones.

New Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove visits fire-ravaged Victorian community in first public engagement

Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove

Tony Wright Wearing an open-neck countryman's shirt and donning the peaked cap of the volunteers who rebuild the fences and lives of farmers struck by bushfire and other disaster, new Governor-General General...

Tony Abbott's expensive humility

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

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A biased Speaker or a bunch of sooks? Labor outrage divides the House

Manager of Opposition Business Tony Burke seeks to move a no confidence motion against Madam Speaker Bronwyn Bishop Speaker Bronwyn Bishop during question time in Parliament House Canberra on Thursday 27 March 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Tony Wright For long moments, Bronwyn Bishop appeared so stone-still she might have been Lot's wife, turned to a pillar of salt as she gazed upon the frightful city of Sodom.

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Laughter canned: Speaker Bronwyn Bishop rules 'new tactic' of infectious laughter out of order

Madam Speaker Bronwyn Bishop

Tony Wright Parliamentary question time, you would probably not know, is no place for laughing. It could become an infectious disease, apparently, and that would be disorderly.

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Thundering approval for Quentin Bryce as Dame Dee Dee departs Canberra

Governor General Quentin Bryce embraces her daughter Chloe Shorten during a departure ceremony at RAAF Fairburn.

Tony Wright After 5½ years as Australia's first female governor-general, Dame Quentin mounted the steps of the jet, her husband at her side, and waved goodbye.

Dame Quentin flies home to Brisbane - her duty done


Tony Wright The great guns of the military boomed a farewell to the Commander-in-Chief, their percussion echoing off Canberra's hills as rain fell from lowered clouds, but new Dame, Quentin Bryce, glided through...

Tony Abbott's Bunyip Aristocracy: arise, Lord Clive and Lady Gina

Clive Palmer.

Tony Wright Clive Palmer and Gina Rinehart, you'd imagine, would be holding their breath for the announcement that His Grace Tony the Abbott, Duke of Australia, has quietly decided there should be a new title...

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Quentin Bryce: Australia's first female Governor-General a voice for the least powerful

Prime Minister Tony Abbott farewelled Governor-General Quentin Bryce

Tony Wright Incoming Governor-General Peter Cosgrove could never hope to fit into the shoes of his predecessor, Quentin Bryce.

Thousands who miss out on Gallipoli ballot offered alternative Anzac ceremony at Lone Pine

GALLIPOLI, TURKEY - APRIL 25: (TURKEY OUT) Australian soldiers stand guard in front of the Lone Pine Australian Memorial on April 25, 2008 in Gallipoli, Turkey. Today marks the 93nd anniversary of the World War I campaign of Gallipoli. Some 4,000 Australian and New Zealand soldiers struggled ashore to Gallipoli's narrow beach 93 years ago in the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign that would claim more than 130,000 lives, at the edge of this remote peninsula in western Turkey. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)

Tony Wright The federal government, preparing for a backlash from tens of thousands of Australians who will miss out on the ballot to attend the centenary Anzac Day services at Gallipoli next year, is arranging...

Arthur Sinodinos is a man who knows something about falling on a sword

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Tony Wright Arthur Sinodinos knows a bit about ritual political sacrifice.

Arthur Sinodinos: Like a rabbit caught in the headlines

Senator Arthur Sinodinos

Tony Wright Arthur Sinodinos knows a bit about ritual political sacrifice.

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