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.

Tony Abbott delivers large drone project to South Australia as polls approach

Tony Wright Prime Minister Tony Abbott has inserted a new fleet of large surveillance drones worth up to $3 billion into the last days of the South Australian election, declaring they will operate from an air...

Drones on agenda as Tony Abbott flies in to help state leader

Tony Abbott in question time

Tony Wright Prime Minister Tony Abbott has inserted a new fleet of large unmanned surveillance drones worth up to $3 billion into the last days of the South Australian election, declaring they would operate from...

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Tony Abbott carves out new friendship

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Tony Wright The classic upbringing in a dirt-floor log cabin has been in lamentably short supply among the political class since Abe Lincoln, but when you're wooing foresters, a prime minister could barely do...

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Trumpeted warning from a distant land

Tony Wright It's been a while since we warned the Tsar about fraught business in the Crimea, but we are at it again.

Qantas Senate inquiry push unlikely to get Labor's support

Tony Wright An attempt to force Qantas chief Alan Joyce to open his airline's books to the scrutiny of senators appears likely to founder.

Bill Shorten unlikely to back Greens and Nick Xenophon's push for inquiry into Qantas future

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Tony Wright An attempt to force Qantas chief Alan Joyce to open his airline's books to the scrutiny of senators seems likely to fail, with the opposition preferring to keep the heat on the government over Prime...

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Senators easy meat for battle-hardened General Angus Campbell

Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell.

Tony Wright Everyone has sprung to the ramparts to pour boiling oil upon the head of Stephen Conroy for having had the impertinence to offend Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell.

Lights out on Manus death as review clouds the truth

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Tony Wright Review. It's such a benign word, beloved of bureaucrats, politicians and military chiefs alike when things become awkward.

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'No Wimp' Morrison a man of few words in Manus death climb-down

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Tony Wright The measure of a modern minister is the number of words he or she expends in the effort to avoid revealing anything of substance.

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The bottom line is simple: Australia put these people at risk

Tony Wright Whatever the spin or obfuscation, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison cannot avoid a glaring fact.

Government's wish to frighten off asylum seekers granted

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Tony Wright Whatever the spin or obfuscation, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison cannot avoid a glaring fact.

From Adelaide to Europe - South Australians win top diplomatic posts

Alexander Downer listens to Opposition Leader Tony Abbott address the National Press Club in Canberra on Thursday 31 January 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

Tony Wright You'd swear there was something in the wine in South Australia. The top-shelf stuff. Whatever it is, it's got prominent Adelaideans flying happily to the choicest addresses in the world's great...

Support for Badgerys Creek airport swells as Labor luminaries Tom Uren and Anthony Albanese side with Joe Hockey

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Tony Wright The former Labor Left firebrand who oversaw the purchase of all the properties proposed for an airport at Badgerys Creek, Tom Uren, has praised Treasurer Joe Hockey for backing a second airport for...

Coalition's new age collides with reality

Tony Wright Joe Hockey's proclamation of the end of the age of entitlement is having a difficult birth.

VC for hero who died storming Taliban compound

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Tony Wright Doug Baird, barely able to speak through a sudden welling of emotion, described his son Cameron as a shy and humble man who never explained much about what he did in the military.

Fallen soldier awarded highest honour

Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird

Tony Wright Doug Baird was barely able to speak through a sudden welling of emotion.

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Clive Palmer cries victim over 'lost' ballot papers

Clive Palmer.

Tony Wright Big Clive Palmer might not at first glance appear to be everyone's ideal of the little man crushed beneath the giant evil system.

Predictably unpredictable, Clive Palmer brings colour to first day of Parliament

Clive Palmer member for Fairfax seeks the call during question time in the House of Representatives as Parliament resumes on Tuesday 11 February 2014 Photo: Andrew Meares

Tony Wright There is something more than faintly disturbing about mentioning underpants and Clive Palmer in the same sentence.

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Clive Palmer adds colour to Parliament's first sitting for 2014

Tony Wright There is something more than faintly disturbing about mentioning underpants and Clive Palmer in the same sentence.

AWU chief Paul Howes know which way the wind is blowing for unions

Tony Wright Bill Shorten's protege, AWU chief Paul Howes, is indulging in a bit of piddling into the wind.