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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.

Rudd's chances are blown in Hobart

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

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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.

'Underdog' Rudd to target 'evasive' Abbott

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Tony Wright Prime minister Kevin Rudd, painting himself as the underdog, plans to use Sunday night's election debate to attack Opposition Leader Tony Abbott on how he is going to pay for his promises and his...

Flimflam man v Dr No

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Michael Gordon, Tony Wright and Jacqueline Maley Behind the principal ringmasters in this election campaign are teams that work in shifts, know how to exploit social media and exude the killer instinct.

Old king Col really not Rudd's merry friend

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Tony Wright Comment You'd imagine that if you'd spent an evening blind drunk at a strip club with a bloke that you'd be close enough to give him a call and sort things out if the mateship went cold.

Naked animosity now keeps former strip club mates Rudd and 'Col Pot' poles apart

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Tony Wright You'd imagine that if you'd spent an evening blind drunk at a strip club with a bloke that you'd be close enough to give him a call and sort things out if the mateship went cold.

Comeback hope on a swing and a prayer

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced former Queensland Premier Peter Beattie would stand for the Federal seat of Forde in Beenleigh in South Brisbane on Thursday 8 2013. Election 2013 Photo: Andrew Meares

Tony Wright The blond hair has thinned and receded, the face, beaten by 60 years of the Queensland sun, is lined. But the toothy grin is still there.

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

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd visited Korean - English lessons at the Ryde Uniting Church in Sydney in the seat of Bennelong on Wednesday 7 August 2013. Election 2013 Photo: Andrew Meares

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

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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...