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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.

Prophets of leaders' doom in June will have to get used to disappointment

Tony Wright As winter edges its chill into the soul and June creeps towards its end, it has become almost ritualised in Canberra for soothsayers to warm their cold hearts with predictions about the end of...

No lies in parliament, just truth deficit disorders

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Tony Wright Lawyers, philosophers, priests and the like make whole careers out of trying to define the meaning of truth.


Clive Palmer keeps a low profile as row rages

Rolls Royce spotted at front of Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 17 June 2014.

Tony Wright Clive Palmer's Rolls-Royce is a model known as the Phantom. It seems appropriate.

Wanted: Gardeners at The Lodge (terrorists need not apply)


Tony Wright It is not clear how many prescribed terrorists might wish to cause mischief in the Prime Minister's petunia patch, nor how many of them would own up to membership of, say, al Qaeda, but the public...

Blame it on jet lag: Tony Abbott introduces a language previously unknown in Canad-ia

Tony Abbott arrives at Ottawa

Tony Wright Tony Abbott has been having something of a linguistic outing as he rockets across the world.

When Alan Jones lures Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull

Tony Wright The question, pretty obviously, is why Malcolm Turnbull would rise to the likes of Alan Jones's bait. Or bother even to swim into his murky cave.

Bob Hawke and John Howard: former political combatants impart lessons learnt

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Tony Wright For a moment there, if you took away the cameras and the lights, they could have been two old codgers, the years having given them a companionable ease, the tough times done, yarning and imparting...

Clive Palmer blows himself to smithereens with spiteful attack on Peta Credlin

Clive Palmer

Tony Wright Clive Palmer deserved to be called out for his accusation that Tony Abbott's government designed its paid parental scheme ''just so that the Prime Minister's chief-of-staff can receive a massive...

Manus Island events 'tragic and distressing' but who is accountable?

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Tony Wright It is, according to Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, 'terrible, tragic and distressing'.

With a nod and a wink, PM Tony Abbott eyes off his vocal critics

Tony Abbott.

Tony Wright 'A wink,' quipped the English lawyer Joseph Ritson in 1793, 'is as good as a nod to a blind horse.'

Abbott's wink and smirk send cyberspace into a red-hot fury

Tony Wright ''A wink,'' quipped the English lawyer Joseph Ritson in 1793, ''is as good as a nod to a blind horse.''

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Abbott budget denies universities the leisure to think

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Tony Wright It is unimaginable now, in this time of Christopher Pyne and budgetry constraint, but there was a brief shining moment when a Commonwealth minister of education spoke of a nation's responsibility to...

Why won't they understand? Hockey exasperated at his budget selling job


Tony Wright You suspect things aren't going swimmingly in the sales department when a customer goes on TV to holler that she'd never heard so much rubbish in her life.

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Jolly Joe Hockey, the happy 1965 baby


Tony Wright Joe Hockey was born in August, 1965. This, it turns out, was serendipitous.

The rehearsal before Gallipoli's main event

Ali Gul

Tony Wright Ninety nine years after Australian and New Zealand soldiers splashed ashore at Anzac Cove, the Gallipoli Peninsula continues to disgorge the bitter harvest of 1915.

An anti-corruption body with real powers? That's so Sydney

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Tony Wright Here then, is a tale of two cities.

Former senator Brian Harradine - the blueprint for the power of one

Former Tasmanian senator Brian Harradine.

Tony Wright Brian Harradine, who died on Monday aged 79, was the longest-serving independent Senator in the history of Australia’s federation.

Fantasy trumps reality as Julia Gillard reflects on Game of Thrones and her time as prime minister

Prime Minister Julia Gillard

Tony Wright Ms Gillard has taken to the esoteric business of critiquing, for an online publication, the cult TV show Game of Thrones.

New Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove visits fire-ravaged Victorian community in first public engagement

Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove

Tony Wright Wearing an open-neck countryman's shirt and donning the peaked cap of the volunteers who rebuild the fences and lives of farmers struck by bushfire and other disaster, new Governor-General General...