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 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 Too much posturing is never enough for some who strut the boards of Australia's House of Representatives.
Tony Wright Captain Clive Palmer of the SS Titanic hit an iceberg years ago. Its name was Peter Slipper.
Tony Wright It ought to take no more than a morning and lunch for Labor's review committee to work out what went wrong in the election campaign, but memories can play tricks.
Tony Wright 'I do not and will not worship at the altar of green witchcraft,' declared Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi.