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 It is a measure of the Labor Party's current desperation that a single minister, Bill Shorten, has emerged as an emblematic figure supposedly invested with almost super powers.
Tony Wright JULIA GILLARD has consigned Australians to something approaching a national pregnancy.
Tony Wright Bob Brown is apparently hyper-sensitive to the 'subconscious' sexism aimed at the PM.
Tony Wright It was the most audacious stealth attack in modern Australian political history.
Tony Wright It is difficult to imagine it now when there seems such little music in the hearts of Australia's politicians, but not so long ago song and mirth spread a bit of magic across the national political...
Tony Wright Our leaders are holding traditional end-of-year drinks for the press gallery, but only a fool would predict who might be throwing the parties next year.
Tony Wright Julia Gillard would be advised to go to the people as soon as possible. She cannot afford to appear to be standing still in the age of obsolescence.
Tony Wright A minister visits a gay sauna in a taxpayer-funded car. Tony Abbott confesses to sometimes saying the wrong thing. What's to get outraged about?
Tony Wright The day the federal budget papers are released brings incarceration for many of the nation's newshounds - and it's their own fault.
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.
The Wright Words
Tony Wright If leaders build voter support as much upon who they are not as who they are, then Paul Keating's savaging of Tony Abbott this week did the Opposition Leader a favour.
Tony Wright Tony Abbott is a one-dimensional conservative to his detractors, which is a pity, for he is, like a lot of leaders, a splendid tangle of contradictions.