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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.

Is it Fu Manchu the evil genius, or just Clive Palmer being offensive?

Tony Wright Stick a long tendril moustache on him, get the lighting just so, fit him with an oriental cloak, apply a little imagination and Clive Palmer could be an old-time Hollywood producer's ideal Fu Manchu,...

Clan Turnbull again at odds with Tony Abbott, this time over Scottish independence

Malcolm Turnbull.

Tony Wright Malcolm Turnbull must surely have considered piping himself out of Tony Abbott's Team Australia, or at least have experienced a bristling of the sporran, when news came from London that Australia's...

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When is a flag not a terrorist totem? When it flies for Team Australia

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Tony Wright Perhaps it's because we're in the depth of the footy season - or perhaps it's a deeper dread after the Prime Minister's recent trip to London - but teams and flags are clearly occupying Tony Abbott's...

Team Australia under one flag but who's in the side?

Australian flag

Tony Wright Perhaps it's because we're in the depths of the footy season - or perhaps it's a deeper dread following the Prime Minister's recent trip to London - but teams and flags are occupying Tony Abbott's...

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Australia could take 4000 Iraqi and Syrian refugees as church leaders urge Abbott government protection for Christians

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic Statein Iraq's north.

Tony Wright The new Anglican Primate of Australia, Philip Freier, has called on the Abbott government to offer asylum in Australia to Christians under attack in northern Iraq.

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Who needs Team America when you have Team Australia? Cripes yeah

Tony Abbott

Tony Wright Forgive our alarm, but could a movie and a rousing theme song be far away?

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Tapping away into the night: The Shipping News provides a poster girl for Eric Abetz's new dole plans

Tony Wright

Tony Wright Should Eric Abetz need a poster girl for the federal government's tough new proposals for job seekers, he could hardly ignore literary character Dawn Budgel.

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Tom Uren portrait a finalist in Archibald

Tom Uren with his Archibald Prize portrait, and the artist who painted the work, Mirra Whale.

Tony Wright The well-worn face is unmistakable.

PM leads cheers for Murdoch 'gift'

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Tony Wright Every Australian political leader since Black Jack McEwen and John Gorton has cosied up to Rupert Murdoch – or tried to – but none has done it quite so publicly or effusively as Tony Abbott.

PM's Parliament House dining and sitting rooms get $51,500 spruce-up

Tony Wright It seems a pity Clive Palmer won't talk to Tony Abbott, for the prime minister's dining and sitting rooms at Parliament House are ready and waiting, having been given a nice $51,500 sprucing up in...

Oquist still green, but a pragmatist

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer and Ben Oquist ahead of a joint press conference with former Liberal leader John Hewson at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 10 July 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Tony Wright Ben Oquist was long the Australian Greens' most astute political strategist, respected across political divides, who helped engineer the party's significant influence within the minority government...

The emperor in the check shirt, Clive Palmer makes Tony Abbott wait

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer during a joint press conference with former Liberal leader John Hewson, at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 10 July 2014. Photo:

Tony Wright Clive Palmer could not have appeared more content if a dozen hand-maidens had appeared bearing racks of pork chops, a gallon or so of caramelised banana and coconut ice-cream, the keys to a 1939...

Independent thinkers shake Coalition's strength in numbers

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Tony Wright It seemed such a good idea at the time: devote the first week of July purely to the fresh Senate, allowing the rookie crossbenchers to assert their new power over Labor and the Greens by happily and...

Rookie senators gallop in and deliver a good kicking

Senator Ricky Muir

Tony Wright It seemed such a good idea at the time: devote the first week of July purely to the fresh Senate, allowing the rookie crossbenchers to assert their brand new power over Labor and the Greens.

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Parliament freezes in a moment that stopped time

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Tony Wright Should Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have strolled from his hotel in Canberra's frigid morning, rehearsing what would be the first speech by a Japanese leader to the Australian Parliament, he...

Spotlight temporarily denied, Clive comes out punching

Clive Palmer at the Press Club.

Tony Wright Attention deprivation is an affliction Clive Palmer cannot abide. Monday was, thus, shaping as a bad day for Clive.

Just for a moment, Clive was out of focus - he soon fixed it

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Tony Wright Attention deprivation is an affliction Clive Palmer can't abide.

A happy new few take their places in Parliament's red room

New senator Ricky Muir and his son.

Tony Wright There is something oddly reassuring in this world of increasingly uncertain long-term employment prospects to watch a throng of happy souls signing up for a guaranteed six years of solid pay cheques...

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Tony Abbott would have been wise to avoid settlement question

Abbott

Tony Wright The question of whether the Great South Land was ''settled'' before the coming of convicts and their rum-swilling jailers has, you might have thought, been settled for some time now.

Dread and dry mouth: first speeches in Parliament

Canberra

Tony Wright Pity the researchers at the parliamentary library in Canberra’s house on the hill.