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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 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


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?

Tony Abbott transforms to Mr Whippy ... and goes for the whip, vigorously

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Tony Wright Amid the confusing clamour that is federal politics, Prime Minister Tony Abbott appears to have misheard his radio mate Alan Jones' Tuesday morning advice to become more like Mr Whippy and ring his...

A PM on high alert: count the flags

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Tony Wright Tony Abbott's new emergency alert system is much clearer than the low, medium, high and extreme system employed by the national security apparatus.

Post non-spill submarines? Read my bubbles

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Tony Wright Kevin Andrews is the perfect Minister for Submarines. He can talk under water, leaving nothing but a stream of bubbles.

Abbott pleads: Please sir, I'll be better. Promise.

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Tony Wright Every smarty pants schoolboy learns eventually that there comes a reckoning, expulsion threatened, when there is nothing left for it but a grovelling and a desperate pleading.

What's this spill thing? Somebody think I came off my bike or something?

Prime Minister Tony Abbott takes a stroll through Chinatown at lunchtime on Sunday.

Tony Wright What was Tony Abbott thinking by moving the spill motion for the Liberal leadership forward by 24 hours? Tony Wright goes inside the head of the Prime Minister

Dear Sir Phil. Help save my horribilis annus. Yours, Tones.

Prince Philip

Tony Wright The royal family have been silent on the issue of Prince Philip's knighthood - but is the royal the key to saving Abbott's bacon? What if the Prime Minister put pen to paper...?

The terror of the double negative, an unlit cracker ... and Tony Abbott survives another day

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Tony Wright Tony Abbott could do worse than look north for inspiration. The Northern Territory gave a leadership coup this week and nobody came.

Sketch: Abbott and the art of eating crow

Tony Wright Tony Abbott couldn't quite bring himself to tackle the National Press Club's luncheon before delivering the speech that was hyped as his remaining chance at deliverance.

'Err...You're such a jester Tony'... what cabinet might have said to PM on Prince Philip decision if given the chance

Tony Abbott

Tony Wright When confirming his decision to honour the Prince of Edinburgh with an Australian knighthood, Prime Minister Tony Abbott conceded he didn't consult colleagues before his announcement.

Arthur Sinodinos resigns as Assistant Treasurer: tragedy wrapped in mystery

Arthur Sinodinos: The modest, backroom man from the Treasury.

Tony Wright For Arthur Sinodinos, and the Liberal Party he came to serve, here is a tragedy in three parts, the end not entirely clear.

Craig Thomson's calamitous legacy to the union...and honesty

Tony Wright Craig Thomson, a bright young man with two degrees and a stint at Harvard, came to parliament in 2007 with two messages ringing out from his maiden speech.

A health system that works? Dave and Joan and Tony wouldn't believe it!

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Tony Wright Here we are, in Australia, embroiled in a debate about a $5 fee to see the doctor. A fair and efficient price signal or goddamn socialism? Depends who you ask.

When tumbling, ministers should talk less and look to cheerleaders for backflip tips

Tony Wright When in doubt - which seems the Abbott government's starting position these days - ministers descend into gibberish rather than attempt a leap into the blue sky.

MPs seek solace in the far away, but still the heavens dump upon them

Acting Prime Minister Julie Bishop gazes at the leaking roof during question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 3 December 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Tony Wright We've all had that feeling. It's just too much. The end of the year can't come too soon. Australia's government MPs couldn't keep their minds on the job on Wednesday.

'Lose my number!' The Brick gives the finger to Christopher Pyne

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Tony Wright There are those callous enough to have referred to Christopher Pyne as twinkle-toes. They got it wrong. He is, it turns out, something of a twinkle-fingers.

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The accidental senator Ricky Muir's car show ruined by a media swarm

Senator Ricky Muir takes a pie for a walk outside Parliament House.

Tony Wright Ricky Muir likes cars. Such is the simple pleasure of many thousands - hundreds of thousands, probably millions - of other Australians.