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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.

All life rolls by on Melbourne Cup day

Tony Wright There seems something almost perfectly absurd about a whole city being granted a day off on a Tuesday and much of a nation stopping work because there is a horse race, and you'd be tempted to...

Melbourne Cup 2014: Flemington ready to rock and race

Flemington ready to rock and race

Tony Wright Such a fine early Tuesday morning, the sun pouring from a cloudless sky and Melbourne - why, all of Australia, surely - pouring to Flemington.

Here come the brides: couples celebrate Australia's first same-sex weddings

Hayley Wilson and Samantha Hermes embrace after getting married in Canberra.

Tony Wright Never in Australia, surely, has the closing moment of a wedding been less complicated. "You may kiss the bride," announced celebrant Judy Aulich. And with that, both brides kissed.

Royal baby hysteria: like father, like son

Prince William asa a baby.

Tony Wright As the yet-unnamed and unseen baby in London becomes the object of something bordering on hysteria, spare a thought for his father, William, — the subject of even greater, more astonishing...

Royal suit in the making? I'll drink to that

HOBART, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 8:  Prince Charles, Prince of Wales insepcts sheep with farm manager Brent Thornbury, during a visit to the Leenavale Sheep Stud at Sorell, some 20kms east of Hobart, on November 8, 2012 in Australia. The Royal couple are in Australia on the second leg of a Diamond Jubilee Tour taking in Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand. (Photo by William West  - Pool/Getty Images)

Tony Wright A BEER in a country pub, a spot of sheep shearing - without the requirement to actually wield the blades - and a long ramble among throngs of well-wishers in a Tasmanian village …

Royals on tour

Not British, but bulldog spirit woos Camilla

Prince Charles and Camilla leaving the VCA Secondary School in Southbank spoke to Neville Condron's French Bulldog Bert,  from Coburg.7TH NOVEMBER 2012PHOTO: PENNY STEPHENSTHE AGE

Tony Wright CHEERING street crowds were all but absent, but the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall devoted their visit to Melbourne on Wednesday to matters that consume their hearts - and while doing...