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.

PM upstaged as a five-year-old steals the show

Tony Wright Campaign trail strewn with landmines for the unwary, but Kevin Rudd could hardly have predicted a visit to a church could end in him being photobombed by a five-year-old.

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JKim shows KRudd a thing or two about catching the lens

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

Tony Wright The campaign trail is strewn with landmines for the unwary, but Kevin Rudd could hardly have predicted a visit to a church could end in him being photobombed by a five-year-old.

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All smiles as five-year-old photobomber upstages PM

Child and Rudd

Tony Wright Five-year-old extrovert steals the spotlight from Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

Kevin Rudd gives Rupert Murdoch the flick

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd with Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at a media conferencebin Brisbane on Tuesday 6 August 2013. Election 2013 Photo: Andrew Meares

Tony Wright Kevin Rudd tends to a deal of hair flicking, dipping his head and the right hand sweeping the silvery fringe back when he becomes a little agitated . . .

Kevin Rudd warms up for Tony Abbott with a debate on his own patch

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd with LNP candidate Dr Bill Glasson when they attended a candidates debate in his seat of Griffith in Brisbane on Tuesday 6 August 2013. Election 2013 Photo: Andrew Meares

Tony Wright Kevin Rudd, you understand, is fairly straining at the bit to debate Tony Abbott: he says so every day.

A Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah kind of day

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Tony Wright Such satisfaction. Kevin Rudd, twice a prime minister, finally got to slide down the long drive to Government House, Yarralumla, to secure vice-regal permission to hold his own election.

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Let the battle begin for the 2013 bellwether

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Tony Wright Eden-Monaro, a rolling green slice of the NSW far south-east, bordered to the west by the Snowy Mountains and to the east by some of Australia's most beautiful and unspoiled beaches, seems an...

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Rush to the polls signalled by a folksy tweet

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Tony Wright Rudd's finally got to call his own election. Kevin (September) 07.

Little certain in this election

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Tony Wright Eden-Monaro, a rolling green slice of the far south-east of NSW, the election bellwether? Don't bank on it.

Election campaign will be long, rough road

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Tony Wright The Monty Python team would have had a splendid time: two Australian political leaders doing battle over a highway named Bruce, each claiming to be 'more Queensland' than the other.

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Albo acting up with merry faux pas

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese during a press conference in Parliament House Canberra on Thursday 4 July 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

Tony Wright With Australia barely granted the time to digest the emergence of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd Mark II, the nation finds itself with an Acting Prime Minister called Albo merrily musing about taking a...

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Albo, the acting Prime Minister for Would-Be Sleepovers

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Tony Wright With Australia barely granted the time to digest the emergence of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd Mark II, the nation finds itself with an acting Prime Minister called Albo merrily musing about taking a...

It's a mug's game as Julia flies off shelf

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Tony Wright The removalists are at The Lodge, Kevin Rudd has shouted drinks for the media in the Prime Minister's Office and the gift shop at Parliament House has sold out of Julia Gillard souvenir coffee mugs.

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Tough warrior sheds not a tear in brisk farewell

Julia Gillard addresses the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 26 June 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Tony Wright Julia Gillard was, declared her outgoing deputy Wayne Swan, "one of the toughest warriors who have ever led the Australian Labor Party".

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Dropping purls before swine

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Tony Wright There were those who laid eyes this week upon the picture of Prime Minister Julia Gillard happily knitting and, searching for a literary metaphor, settled upon Charles Dickens' mistress of vengeance,...

Christmas Island is bracing for the flood

Tony Wright A family escaping the tropical evening warmth splashes in the shallows of Flying Fish Cove, a mere indentation in the cruel cliffs that encircle Christmas Island, and an old rusting fishing boat bobs...

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Dream of islands in the sun where the odd coup is done

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Tony Wright The dreamy islands of the Maldives, are rarely the subject of parliamentary discourse in Australia.

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Find a Deep Throat and this could be colossal

Tony Wright The Lobby Restaurant Australia Day Massacree eclipses the biggest scandal in Western politics.

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Sport doesn't get more epic than six hours on court

Novak Djokovic enjoying his win.

Tony Wright For this armchair viewer, it was a classic, less mere tennis than extended drama.

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A pokies trial in the ACT is bordering on the futile

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Tony Wright There are two good reasons why you wouldn't want to rely on the results of the PM's trial.

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