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 Wright Julia Gillard once spoke of having been a shy, reserved schoolchild who had grown a shell hardened by the rigours of politics and who had learnt the arts of ''holding a fair bit back, and hanging...
Tony Wright Refugees, barely more than boys, worked on our family farm when I was a child. Not one of them spoke anything approaching ''all the English language skills that you might normally expect''.
Tony Wright The Prime Minister's face performed a remarkable transition - jolly, carefree smile to impenetrable stone on the turn of a phrase.
Tony Wright Way out in the Australian inland, lonely stockmen tend to call any visiting preacher ''padre''. It is a curious term, for it means ''father'' in Spain, Portugal and Latin America, suggesting a...
Tony Wright A DOCUMENTARY screened on SBS television this week reminded those fortunate enough to see it that the art of communicating by the written word gave the West the wonder known as the Renaissance.
Tony Wright Bob Brown is apparently hyper-sensitive to the 'subconscious' sexism aimed at the PM.
Tony Wright 'The real Julia'? Tony Wright disects the PM's comments to see what she really means.
Tony Wright The new and unexpectedly powerful voices being heard from Parliament tend to emanate not from its hallowed halls but a small, once insignificant patch of grass.
Tony Wright It's an unpleasant prospect, but traipsing back to the polling booths may be better for us than letting Gillard and Abbott keep kowtowing to Katter and co.
Tony Wright A fledgling reporter once had a taste of the compassion that prompted Malcolm Fraser to walk away from a party he felt had lost its humanity.
Tony Wright Strip away the politicians' fine words and the academic agonising, and Anzac Day doesn't really add up to much glorifying of war or a resurgent militarisation.
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Tony Wright As anyone who has taken a child to hospital in the middle of the night knows, it is the pride doctors and nurses take in their work that makes the difference.
The Wright Words
Tony Wright The Opposition Leader may need to go easy on the budgie-smugglers and bicycle shorts if he is to win over voters who want their leaders to look as if they are in charge.