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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.

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

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

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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.

There when it counted and still is today

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Tony Wright An emotional victim of the 2005 bombing in Bali told on Tuesday of Tony Abbott saving his life by organising an emergency medical evacuation to Singapore.

Bali bombing victim: Tony Abbott saved my life

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Tony Wright An emotional victim of the 2005 bombing in Bali told on Tuesday of Tony Abbott saving his life by organising an emergency medical evacuation to Singapore.

Abbott offers fishermen bait on marine areas

Tony Wright The essence of an election campaign is the art of reeling in votes and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott went at it with some vigour on Queensland's Gold Coast on Monday.

Abbott prepares to reel in fishing vote

ELECTION 2013: Opposition Leader Tony Abbott during his visit to the Australian Fishing Trade Show at Gold Coast, Queensland, on Monday 26 August 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Tony Wright The essence of an election campaign is the art of reeling in votes, and Tony Abbott went at it with vigour on Queensland's Gold Coast.

Bus-ted! Apprentices see red as Abbott admires fire engines

ELECTION 2013: Opposition Leader Tony Abbott during his visit to a manufacturing business in Narangba, Queensland, on Monday 26 August 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Tony Wright Tony Abbott has never seen a fire engine he doesn't love.

Hail Abbott, son of a preacher man

Bridget and Frances Abbott

Tony Wright Two statuesque daughters chuckling about their silly old dad - not just a Rhodes scholar, author, firefighter and lifesaver but, they confided, a netball dad, urging them on week after week at the...

Father Abbott preaches to the party's faithful

Australian Opposition Leader Tony Abbott (2nd R), his wife Margie (2nd L) and daughters Frances (L) and Bridget (R) greet party members during a Liberal party election campaign meeting in Brisbane on August 25, 2013.  Australia's conservative Liberal party, which is tipped to win September 7 elections under leader Tony Abbott, held its centrepiece rally of the campaign on August 25. AFP PHOTO / Patrick HAMILTON

Tony Wright Two statuesque daughters chuckling about their silly old Dad, not just a Rhodes scholar, author, firefighter and lifesaver, but, they confided, a netball Dad.

Lights out at the house of power

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Tony Wright An angular figure looms out of the subtropical evening, a big moon casting its light on the Brisbane River.

How long is a piece of electoral string?

Ball of string

Tony Wright How long is a piece of string? In the case of the coming federal election, it's 140 kilometres!

Three years later, Kevin Rudd finds himself behind Julia Gillard

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Tony Wright Prime Minister Kevin Rudd hasn't been forced to battle the damaging leaks that all but destroyed Julia Gillard's campaign three years ago, but he and his Labor government suddenly find themselves in...

Fanbelt the latest failure as polls sour Kevin Rudd's campaign

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd regains his balance after crossing a threshold with a warning sticker

Tony Wright Heading towards the halfway point on an election campaign, leaders begin searching for signs. It was, then, an unfortunate set of portents that greeted Kevin Rudd on Monday.

Tony Abbott declares campaign a budgie-smuggler-free zone

ELECTION 2013: Opposition Leader Tony Abbott after he completed City2Surf where he ran with vision-impaired athlete Nathan Johnstone in Sydney, on Sunday 11 August 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Nick Ralston, Esther Han and Tony Wright Standing on the sand of Sydney's most iconic beach, having just completed the city's most famous fun run, the temptation must have been there for Tony Abbott.

Rudd's chances are blown in Hobart

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Tony Wright Tasmania's unemployment rate is high and growing uglier, the state's economy is in recession … and worse, for a Prime Minister hoping for a little sunshine, the weather is treacherous.

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PM forced to take ups and downs with inside-outs

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is assisted by a member of his protection team when he arrived at the Hobart showgrounds in wet and blustery conditions in Hobart Tasmania on Saturday 10 August 2013. Election 2013.  Photo: Andrew Meares

Tony Wright Tasmania's unemployment rate is high and growing uglier, the state's economy is in recession … and worse, for a Prime Minister hoping for a little sunshine, the weather is treacherous.

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Ill wind blows as weather changes on Rudd

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

Tony Wright Tasmania's unemployment rate is high and growing uglier, the state's economy is in recession...and worse, for a Prime Minister hoping for a little sunshine, the weather is treacherous.