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.
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 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 To begin to understand the high absurdity of the national parliament today, you need to allow yourself to float off to a plane where none of the normal fancies apply
Tony Wright Greg Rudd announced this week he was seeking a Senate seat. Given that Queensland Senate seats are generally sewn up tighter than a Mormon's undergarments by Labor and the Liberal National Party, an...
Tony Wright He is considered by political watchers to be tricky as a ferret and slick as a weasel - except when he needed to make a quick getaway from a Parliament House lavatory some years ago.
Tony Wright The Honourable Peter Slipper seemed awfully keen to impress as he swept to the majesty of his new throne as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
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 The Speaker, Peter Slipper, pleaded innocence and swept away to a future uncertain, leaving us no more than the memory of a billowing gown.
Tony Wright He speaks! Craig Thomson, once the holder of the most fascinating union-issued credit card in the land, proved that if nothing else, he is capable of breathtaking brinkmanship.
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 The new Speaker will be the one who gets to say, ''Off with his head!'' if the Fourth Estate starts getting too pesky after Parliament returns.
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.