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.

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Raining hope on damaged lives

Tony Wright Kylie Robinson and her friend Michelle Matolat used to go on a happy shopping expedition together every week.

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PM's over the moon. What about Bono?

Tony Wright It's a fraught business, giving a big speech to a foreign audience.

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The T-word can consider itself nobly nobbled

Tony Wright Tricky business, announcing a new tax.

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A silent night no more as freedom rings out

Tony Wright At a time when even Christmas decorations were banned in Baltic republics caught under Soviet rule, there were those who risked grave punishment to spread some fleeting seasonal cheer - with help...

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A leaky laptop: the ultimate silly season gift

Kevin Rudd

Tony Wright Either Kevin Rudd is one of the world's great satirists or he's had an irony bypass.

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Give a Grinch an inch...

Tony Wright There is a Scroogeish sourpussedness evident across the land at a time when we need all the Christmas cheer we can get.

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Brumby's long, long goodbye

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Tony Wright John Brumby concedes that the electorate has spoken, and its voice has not been in his favour.

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Caretaker grasps at political straws in the wind

Tony Wright Having faced his first election as Premier, John Brumby was adrift in a political Gethsemane, unable to cling to any more roseate hope than a hung parliament.

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On the lawn of persuasion

Tony Wright The new and unexpectedly powerful voices being heard from Parliament tend to emanate not from its hallowed halls but a small, once insignificant patch of grass.

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Raising a glass while they can

wine

Tony Wright Our leaders are holding traditional end-of-year drinks for the press gallery, but only a fool would predict who might be throwing the parties next year.

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Our job is to never forget

Tony Wright We increasingly go about our business on Remembrance Day, but World War I left a hole in the Australian heart that has not been filled.

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Hillary shows why she's a 24/7 politician

Tony Wright Could Abraham Lincoln have been elected president in the 21st century, Hillary Rodham Clinton wondered aloud?

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Celebrate the ordinary things

Tony Wright The apparently mundane doesn't impress us, whether it's a successful plane journey, hot water on tap or a successful immigrant.

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First Fella's debut proves cut above

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Tony Wright The First Fella, not having wielded the scissors on the floor of a salon for three years or so, professed himself slightly nervous, causing his hirsute customer to swallow in alarm.

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Chill wind of war leaves debate cold

Tony Wright Something approaching a chill settled over the chamber as Julia Gillard declared that Australia would remain engaged in Afghanistan 'through this decade at least'.

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Keep the water ideas flowing

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Tony Wright The return of good rains has given us a respite in which to seek compromises that leave us with a healthy river system and a robust agricultural economy.

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Next to gumnuts of old, these two are innocents abroad

gillard

Tony Wright As Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott are simply following the great tradition of Australian political leaders on the international circuit.

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Time for a bit of selective recall

Tony Wright It ought to take no more than a morning and lunch for Labor's review committee to work out what went wrong in the election campaign, but memories can play tricks.

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Hey, it's good to be monarch

Tony Wright The new Speaker will be the one who gets to say, ''Off with his head!'' if the Fourth Estate starts getting too pesky after Parliament returns.

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PM hopes? Roy boy tipped for 2035 final

John Howard and Wyatt Roy.

Tony Wright When some wag set up a fake Twitter account called DoogiehowserMP in an attempt to lampoon new Queensland MP Wyatt Roy, the young Mr Roy had to do a little quick research.

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