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 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.''
Tony Wright If you are to excise a country from its own migration zone, a visa-less soul can't apply for one anywhere.
Tony Wright A storm at sea, the Taliban and Peter Reith? Mere aggravations compared with stepping into the asylum stand-off apparently.
Tony Wright 'Poor' may not be the most accurate description for Malcolm Turnbull, but the man was clearly being treated unkindly yesterday.
Tony Wright Don't live in New South Wales or Queensland? Then don't expect any love and attention from our leaders.
Tony Wright It was a blow for Christmas Islanders when the government knocked back applications for new phosphate-mining leases. Didn't hear about it? You're not alone.