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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.

When leaks roared everywhere upon the parliamentary air

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

Tony Wright dinkus

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!

Tony Abbott cheer causes the Taoiseach to put on his sober face for St Pat's Day

St Patrick's Day celebrations in London

Tony Wright The Irish, as everyone knows, are an abstemious lot. Temperate to a fault.

Sketch: Christopher Pyne and the magical sausage machine

German sausages: Maybe the type to which Christopher Pyne was referring.

Tony Wright Christopher Pyne is giving sausage-makers a terrible name.

United? In the Senate, misleading labelling is business as usual

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer

Tony Wright It is close to the time, surely when the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will launch an investigation into the Palmer United Party on the grounds of misleading labelling.

Country boy Ricky Muir wows them in the Senate

Senator Ricky Muir gives the thumbs up to Senate Leader Eric Abetz after he made his inaugural speech on Thursday.

Tony Wright He may have taken eight months and four days to get around to making his first parliamentary speech, but Ricky Muir, Senator, found the words that could make him a treasure among those who feel...

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Tony Abbott climbs off the canvas, Bill Shorten throws air punches

Tony Wright There comes a moment in certain prize fights when the contestant least-liked by the crowd goes down, spitting blood, both eyes all but closed.

Party room appears to have already decided Tony Abbott's fate

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Tony Wright Many Coalition MPs seem to accept a change in leadership is inevitable, but are unwilling to trigger it themselves.

Tony Wright's column: A tale of two prime ministers, and two old buildings

The Prime Minister's Canberra residence, The Lodge.

Tony Wright There's a big old leather chair gracing a corner of Canberra's Kurrajong Hotel, one of the city's oldest buildings and recently restored to its garden pavilion deco loveliness.

Julie Bishop: From death stare to perplexed, Foreign Minister has an emoji for all occasions

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Tony Wright Julie Bishop may be on to something revolutionary. Given the current level of Australian political discourse, why not dispense with the spoken word and replace it with the living emoji?