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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.

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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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Swan thong barely enough to cover the cracks

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Tony Wright Poor Wayne. What he'd give for a pair of smug Tony Abbott's budgie smugglers now.

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A Dane in the life of Tony Abbott, from Joh to whoa

Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark visit the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. The Prince and Princess greet well wishers before they depart.

Tony Wright Opposition Leader Tony Abbott quite lost his grip yesterday when welcoming Crown Prince Frederik and Australian's own royal highness, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.

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Treacherous act bookends exhausting week for PM

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Tony Wright It is hardly surprising that Julia Gillard appeared drawn and nearly exhausted yesterday.

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She'll be apples, Foreign Minister

Prime Minister Julia Gillard channelled movie siren Mae West when she met New Zealand's Foreign Minister at CHOGM.

Tony Wright What is it about Mae West, Australian political leaders and CHOGM?

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Husky-voiced Rudd does a Mae West

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Tony Wright Kevin Rudd, having talked himself to a rasp but certainly not a standstill, batted his eyes and requested his audience forgive him his husky ''Mae West voice''.

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Still Angry after all these years

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Tony Wright Thirty years ago, Angry Anderson, rock 'n' roll outlaw, left the crowd agape at the Reading Festival in England when, performing with his band Rose Tattoo, he head-butted the band's stack of...

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