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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.

Tony Abbott, an accidental leader who once surprised everyone, goes full circle

Tony Wright Tony Abbott was the accidental leader of the Liberal Party. He surprised everyone - including himself - by winning the leadership and ousting Malcolm Turnbull in a chaotic spill on December 1, 2009.

In times of trouble, Roly Parks abides: the philosopher from Kalangadoo

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Tony Wright Kalangadoo is one of those little country places with a pub, a railway station that has become a museum because it never gets a train these days, and a weekly market in a disused church.

Tony Abbott grants 12,000 Syrians new lives: Cynics might consider taking a rest day

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Tony Wright Cynics should take a rest day. Tony Abbott, in choosing to resettle 12,000 Syrian refugees permanently in Australia, has acted as a prime minister.

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Two years on, Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten - threatened species - seek their better angels

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during question time on Monday.

Tony Wright Some days seem too easy for sideline commentators. It was Tony Abbott's second anniversary as Prime Minister, it would have been Bill Shorten's identical anniversary as Opposition Leader if the Labor...

A jihad, Peter Dutton? Hand us the confession and we'll sign

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Tony Wright Peter Dutton, you may have noticed, has accused Fairfax Media of conducting a jihad against the current regime. We hastily confess to knowledge that jihad is being waged.Who wouldn't?

Border Force Fortitude fiasco surely a feint

Tony Wright It was a cunning smokescreen. Had to be. Why else would the high command of the feared and fabulously coutured Border Force come up with something called Operation Fortitude?

Up to his ankles in bulldust: Tony Abbott hoofs it, leak follows

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb at the Bellevale Homestead Cattle Yard in Yass.

Tony Wright Tony Abbott was far from Canberra on Wednesday morning, up to his ankles in bulldust, and wishing, without doubt, he could stay there.

A script! My kingdom for a script. Here's one, PM. And here's some more...

Prime Minister Tony Abbott, pictured in question time on Tuesday, has warned ministers to maintain public unity.

Tony Wright The audience has been avoiding Abbott's studio productions in increasing numbers, and the ratings have bombed.

Going nowhere fast, the Abbott cabinet has a natter

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Education Minister Christopher Pyne in question time on Thursday.

Tony Wright Late Friday night. The brains trust of the Abbott Cabinet meets in private session in the darkened economy section of a decommissioned passenger plane parked in a roped-off section of the...

Same-sex marriage: Tony Abbott's refusal of free vote would seem peculiar only to Menzies' Liberals

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Tony Wright It might seem peculiar that a party formed to give the individual a voice* would end up denying its representatives a free vote.

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Latest leaked transcript from Abbott's happy party room*

The Coalition frontbench.

Tony Wright Overheard at the Coalition Party room meeting on Tuesday morning.

The quiet Speaker: Tony Smith, Costello's promising lad who became famous for not being famous

Liberal MP Tony Smith.

Tony Wright Anthony David Hawthorn Smith, the new Speaker of the House of Representatives, seems unlikely to excite quite the level of national fascination accorded to Bronwyn Bishop, which will relieve the...

Adam Goodes and racism: A PM's statesmanship is left behind by premiers and a casino boss

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Tony Wright "Yes, we're a robust people and I guess politicians typically get booed at the footy but Adam Goodes is a good bloke and he's a great player and I hope he'll get treated with respect and civility."

First the booing, then a leader's triumph: ALP conference ritual observed

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Tony Wright Who would have thought? A deal carrying Bill Shorten through his first national conference as leader, even if there was a scattering of ritual booing first?

Tony Abbott considers changing the Australian flag. Turns out there's no point

Tony Abbott and flag

Tony Wright Tony Abbott, as everyone knows, is a champion of the current Australian flag.

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Entitlement in high places: a short history inspired by Choppergate

Former Speaker Peter Slipper.

Tony Wright Steve Martin is a name that doesn't necessarily come to mind as a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, but he was Labor's pick for the job during the latter Keating prime ministerial...

Tony Abbott, cabinet and the search for alternatives to alternatives

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Tony Wright The Abbott cabinet convenes to discuss its latest search for alternatives to alternative energy. What really happened, maybe.

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Unions royal commission: Bob Hogg's call for Bill Shorten to resign as Labor leader backfires

Former ALP national secretary Bob Hogg, pictured with wife and former Labor MP Maxine McKew.

Tony Wright Labor leader Bill Shorten's praetorian guard has reacted swiftly to a call from former ALP national secretary Bob Hogg for Mr Shorten to resign.

Bill Shorten should resign after failing to properly disclose donations, says former ALP national secretary Bob Hogg

Bill Shorten leaving the royal commission on Wednesday.

Tony Wright A former national secretary of the Australian Labor Party, Bob Hogg, has called for Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to resign, accusing him of failing to understand the concept of conflict of interest.

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