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 Tony Abbott is either feeling lucky or he's been reading up. Maybe he's been taking peptides.
Tony Wright Late last month, a woman stood alone on the forecourt of Canberra's Parliament House, inhaling gulps of cigarette smoke. ''All very nice,'' she said. ''Too late. Tomorrow it'll be wrapping chips.''
Mark Kenny and Tony Wright
Mark Kenny and Tony Wright How did the government leave Opposition Leader Tony Abbott in a seemingly unassailable position to waltz into the Lodge in September?
Tony Wright The choice of a new ministry from a shrinking political gene pool is the most daunting task Prime Minister Julia Gillard faces as she tries to shuffle her government out of the chaos that enveloped...
Tony Wright The choice of a new ministry from a shrinking political gene pool is the most daunting task facing Prime Minister Julia Gillard as she tries to shuffle her government out of the chaos that enveloped...
Tony Wright Cabinet ministers Gary Gray and Craig Emerson will be busier than one-armed fiddlers as they negotiate their gigantic new portfolios.
Tony Wright Cabinet ministers Gary Gray and Craig Emerson will be busier than one-armed fiddlers.
Tony Wright Opposition Leader Tony Abbott carries a shield with him as he darts from greengrocer to drycleaner to manufacturer warning of the evils of the carbon tax and how Julia Gillard's government is...
Tony Wright Among the many black arts practised by political operatives is the ''advance''.
Tony Wright The mining tax and its disappearing benefits are as confusing as the sports doping saga.
Tony Wright Imagine the horror that swept through Tony Abbott's office when his staff learnt he was off to a gymnastics centre.
Tony Wright It was the second anniversary of Julia Gillard's famous promise that no government she led would introduce a carbon tax, and Tony Abbott was not about to let that pass without a celebratory bout of...
Tony Wright What did Bruce Springsteen ever do to deserve this? Even Paul Keating had the decency to choose a composer already dead, Gustav Mahler, with whom to parade his cultural pretensions.
Tony Wright In parliament, Ms Gillard looked as if she’d certainly and very happily slaughter the occasional Abbott as he continued his customary taunting in relation to the carbon tax.
Tony Wright Idle hands, the federal opposition and in particular its deputy, Julie Bishop, might ponder ruefully, are the devil's tools.
Tony Wright It was as awkward as an anniversary dinner for a marriage gone cold; everyone attempting desperate pleasantries until Uncle Ernie swerves two swigs over his limit and decides it's time to be frank.
Tony Wright Perched on a hill in Canberra is a building called Parliament House. It cost Australians $1 billion in 1980s dollars. It costs several hundreds of millions a year to run.
Tony Wright 'The real Julia'? Tony Wright disects the PM's comments to see what she really means.
Tony Wright It was tempting to rush out and scan the sky for a blue moon or flying pork.
Tony Wright Take one pinch of asylum seeker, add a spoonful of smuggled handgun, stir with a good ladling of drive-by shootings and a cupful of border protection, and what have you got?