‘I put my head down to get a breath’:A moment plucked from a bushfire gains immortality

‘I put my head down to get a breath’:A moment plucked from a bushfire gains immortality

SMH and The Age photographer Alex Ellinghausen captured an image of firefighter Chris Montgomery during the Black Summer bushfires that will forever tell a story of the sacrifice of those who volunteer to stand between community and disaster.

  • byTony Wright

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The day the climate changed and the glee club went missing
Opinion

The day the climate changed and the glee club went missing

Once,a government went disco over killing a carbon tax. Now,a major climate change bill passes without so much as a high five. Climate wars are exhausting.

  • byTony Wright
Greens elders Brown and Milne say emissions target debate not as important as coal exports
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Greens elders Brown and Milne say emissions target debate not as important as coal exports

Former Greens leaders Bob Brown and Christine Milne will not criticise Adam Bandt for being open to passing the Albanese government’s emissions bill.

  • byTony Wright
The slugger,the jabber and the ref:the new order in question time
Opinion

The slugger,the jabber and the ref:the new order in question time

Anthony Albanese and Peter Dutton limber up and try to adjust their fighting stances as old roles are reversed in question time.

  • byTony Wright
A new parliament,a new government and a new political divide:masks

A new parliament,a new government and a new political divide:masks

All Labor MPs,plus all teals and Greens,wore face masks but almost all Liberal and Nationals MPs appeared bare-faced in parliament.

  • byTony Wright
A new prime minister,on eve of a new parliament,summons hope in silence
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A new prime minister,on eve of a new parliament,summons hope in silence

Parliament is known as a place of regular cacophony. But on the eve of a new parliament,a new prime minister speaks of hope in silence.

  • byTony Wright
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The natural world is casting us adrift. Get used to it.
Opinion

The natural world is casting us adrift. Get used to it.

We are hard-wired to survive best in the environment we customarily live in and understand. Have we left it too long to notice the familiar is disappearing?

  • byTony Wright
The cosmos reveals itself. Have we lost the ability to be astounded?
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The cosmos reveals itself. Have we lost the ability to be astounded?

NASA’s James Webb telescope peers towards the beginning of time. But confused and jaded in the post-truth period,can we hold a feeling of awe any more?

  • byTony Wright
War Memorial grows while veterans are consigned to the hurt locker
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War Memorial grows while veterans are consigned to the hurt locker

The Australian War Memorial is being rebuilt for $498 million,but the Veterans’ Affairs Department,unable to cope with suicides,was stripped of $430 million.

  • byTony Wright
Albanese faces the oldest test and turns up to a disaster
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Albanese faces the oldest test and turns up to a disaster

The most fundamental requirement of a leader during a national disaster is simple. He or she must turn up.

  • byTony Wright
Plot foiled:Why the little man who wants to be a big tsar put me on his list
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Plot foiled:Why the little man who wants to be a big tsar put me on his list

As one of several Australian journalists sanctioned by Russia,The Age and the Herald’s Tony Wright laments the end of his conspiracy to bring down the regime.

  • byTony Wright