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 Idle hands, the federal opposition and in particular its deputy, Julie Bishop, might ponder ruefully, are the devil's tools.
Tony Wright All you need to know about the state of affairs in Canberra is that question time was interrupted yesterday by a debate about the difference between ''muck'' and ''muckraking''.
Tony Wright You won't hear the word insulation in the official halls of power these days. It has all but disappeared from the language of government and bureaucracy across the land: a banned word.
Tony Wright Passion of a sort is regularly on display in the parliamentary pit, but it's a rare day when there is an outbreak of prime ministerial smooching at the dispatch box.
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.
Tony Wright Tony Abbott has perfected the quick apparel change. Think Superman. One minute he is in sweat-soaked lycra and clonking around in cycling shoes...