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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.

Roll out the maps to suburban jihad. Roll the cameras. Peta's not around

Tony Wright The Prime Minister, ASIO and varied top-secret spies breathed great gusts of relief. Peta Credlin wasn't in the picture.

I can't get enough of the terrifying ABC, Tony tells Malcolm. Give 'em cash

Prime Minister Tony Abbott passes Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Tony Wright Prime Minister Tony Abbott calls an urgent meeting with Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.*

Stop the Malcolms: Abbott drops Turnbull into the deep

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the Northern Australia white paper during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 18 June 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Tony Wright Could prime minister Tony Abbott have had a spot of liquidation playing on his mind when he dropped Malcolm Turnbull into the ocean during question time on Thursday?

The Killing Season: Tony Abbott's delight at Bill Shorten's torment

Prime Minister Tony Abbott looks towards the press gallery and thanks the ABC for The Killing Season during question time.

Tony Wright Mood in parliament can change faster than the picture on a TV screen.

Bill Shorten turns around his own leaky boat, rowing in vain for secret asylum

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Tony Wright Let's take a wild guess at what happened in the hour or so between Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's press conference on Tuesday morning, otherwise known as a gutser, and question time, otherwise...

Asylum seeker boats and truth? That's an operational matter on the high seas

Tony Wright Imagine, for a moment, that Australia's politicians suddenly got a galloping case of the George Washingtons.

Julia Gillard skips her own show, says don't sweat the small things

Julia Gillard visiting the King David School in Armadale.

Tony Wright Julia Gillard may be the only star of a TV show who couldn't find the time to watch her own performance...

When leaks roared everywhere upon the parliamentary air

Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the victim of the latest cabinet leaks, tugs his ear during question time.

Tony Wright Leaks from the innermost bowels of government have never been particularly rare - though Fairfax's Peter Hartcher has outdone just about all of them with reams of direct quotations from members of...

When leaks roared everywhere upon the parliamentary air

Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the victim of the latest cabinet leaks, tugs his ear during question time.

Tony Wright Leaks from the innermost bowels of government have never been particularly rare - though Fairfax's Peter Hartcher has outdone just about all of them with reams of direct quotations from members of...

A terrible moment of truth and paranoia direct from the leakiest cabinet room

Tony Abbott battles the leaks.

Tony Wright Yet another leak from the highest levels of Tony Abbott's government reveals just what went on at Monday night's cabinet meeting.

Kirribilli House lifestyle blinds Tony Abbott to the cost of Australia's housing bubble

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a press conference in Paris France on Thursday 5 June May 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Tony Wright It's not hard to lose perspective up there on the verandah of Kirribilli House.

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Having a go at avoiding Bill's private bill

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten addresses the dead sea of empty government benches.

Tony Wright "We have faith in the people of Australia to have a go," thundered prime minister Tony Abbott, "Because we understand that it is only by having a go that you are able to deliver the fair go that...

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Was conscription a scam? Tim Fischer thinks so

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Tony Wright One hot night in 1970 I went to Townsville's airport and farewelled a swarm of young men around my age, their hair shorn, their bodies sweating in jungle green, as they marched out to board a plane...

100 days on Tony Abbott discovers the 'good government' trick: apply choke, shout 'have a go' and hit the throttle

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (3rd from left) greets members of the Sydney Young Chinese Business Association  at a morning tea function at Angelo's on the Bay, Prince Edward Park in Cabarita, Sydney. 19th May, 2015. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Tony Wright After surviving a leadership spill motion in February Tony Abbott vowed "good government starts today". 100 days on, has he delivered?

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Johnny Depp should have employed his own scissorhands to groom his pooches

Johnny Depp

Tony Wright You'd think a chap who once played Edward Scissorhands might have found a more imaginative way of primping his fugitive pet dogs than sending them off to a poodle groomer, but that was Johnny Depp's...

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Anzac Day: Turkey puts its existence down to victory at Gallipoli

A Turkish school girl looks at the displays at the Istanbul Military Museum.

Tony Wright As thousands of Australians and New Zealanders gather in Istanbul on their way to remember the Anzac landing at Gallipoli 100 years ago, the Turkish military museum has assembled its own impressive...

Malcolm Fraser funeral: A family farewells man who believed in 'the power of one'

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 27:  Members of the Vietnamese community holds signs and a photograph aloft outside of Scots Church during the State Funeral for the Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser on March 27, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  Malcolm Fraser was the 22nd Prime Minister of Australia and the Leader of the Liberal Party from 1975 to 1983. On 20 March 2015, Fraser died at the age of 84.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Tony Wright The powerful and the mighty past and present came, of course, and filled The Scots Church and spilled over Russell St Street to St Michael's church, this being the state funeral of a former prime...

The day Malcolm Fraser saved my career as a journalist

Former prime minister Malcolm Fraser

Tony Wright He was the very first person I interviewed. He seemed terrifying. Turns out he wasn't.

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From Judas to Goebbels: when political insult risks dying of shame

Prime Minister Tony Abbott withdraws his

Tony Wright There was a time, long years ago, when the flinging of hateful names in the battle of politics was enough to cause a Speaker's heart to stop.

Tony Abbott proves he's the new Einstein: metadata bends time

Tony Abbott, we learn, was pumping out metadata when he was a journalist years before journalists used the internet.

Tony Wright Tony Abbott is a genius. He has proved Albert Einstein's greatest theory, propounded 100 years ago. Time and space do bend!