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Murdoch, Abbott, Rinehart, Bolt: Tory-fest in Melbourne tonight

Interested in morning tea with former PM John Howard, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, conservative shock jock Alan Jones and Oz columnist Janet Albrechtsen? Then you’re in luck! The IPA is holding a gala dinner in Melbourne tonight with Rupert Murdoch as keynote speaker, and the morning tea is up for auction.

Australia’s Right-leaning luminaries from politics, business and the media will converge on the National Gallery of Victoria for tonight’s big do, being held to mark the 70th birthday of the IPA.

Crikey would love to put in a bid, but sadly there’s no room for us at the ball — tickets are sold out and the IPA rejected our request to attend and cover Murdoch’s speech. So Cinderella Crikey will be sweeping the steps outside.

Other enticing prizes at the auction include “a behind the scenes experience with Andrew Bolt at the filming of The Bolt Report in Melbourne”, followed by a coffee with the man himself (he’s the MC at tonight’s dinner — will he and Murdoch get to chat about Murdoch’s anti-racism, pro-immigration stance?). You can also tour the Reagan Ranch in California and go behind the scenes at Fox News in New York. Details about the auction and tonight’s gala dinner are in this email (click on it for a larger version):

Interesting to see Tony Abbott will be hobnobbing with Murdoch at the dinner. Our spies tell us Gina Rinehart will put in an appearance, and we hear other speakers will include businessman Hugh Morgan, the IPA’s John Roskam and Liberal luminary Michael Kroger. If you didn’t receive your invitation, check one out here.

This exhibition is currently showing at the NGV — perfect for Rupert Murdoch, surely?

 

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  1. Interesting to see Tony Abbott will be hobnobbing with Murdoch at the dinner”

    Rupert is too good a business man not to keep a close eye on his investments.

    by John on Apr 4, 2013 at 1:33 pm

  2. It is intriguing to observe Murdoch’s current gracing of Australia’s shores. It is about as far as his shareholder funded personal jet will take him from the object of Kim Jong Il’s suspected pedal powered ICBMs.
    If one recalls correctly, during James UK travails he spent considerable time in his relinquished and rejected birth place on the opposite side of the planet.

    by Mike Flanagan on Apr 4, 2013 at 1:48 pm

  3. Tony’ll be getting his riding instructions from Rupert. I guess one of the main ones is stopping the NBN - Rupert runs a pay TV network and the NBN is outrageous competition.

    Its interesting how many of the prominent conservative business leaders - Gina, Rupert, rely on monopolies for their wealth and fight like hell to stop free markets. And of course the IPA backs them all the way.

    by john2066 on Apr 4, 2013 at 3:19 pm

  4. They would have to pay me to attend that do. I’d rather set my head on fire.

    OK so we know what the booby prize is, morning tea with that lot but what is does the winner get?.

    And so the dark hand of Hugh Morgan is still around..scary. Very scary.

    by danny field on Apr 4, 2013 at 3:27 pm

  5. Somehow I ssupect Ted Ballieu’s invite might have got lost in the mail. If the Liberal Party want to follow the Fox News crew and the US Republican path- more fool them.

    by Carbon Footprint on Apr 4, 2013 at 4:41 pm

  6. “a behind the scenes experience with Andrew Bolt” - No Thanks!!!

    by podrick on Apr 4, 2013 at 4:50 pm

  7. Yes Abbott will be getting his policies from Rupert. I think after a dinner with Bolt, Jones, Murdoch and Abbott I would feel so dirty that only a long hot shower would make me feel clean again.

    by Harry1951 on Apr 4, 2013 at 5:42 pm

  8. Don’t regret missing out Crikey, given the locale and the growing infamy of IPA & News Corp theres a high probability of waiters revenge in the soup.

    by Liamj on Apr 4, 2013 at 6:20 pm

  9. Did you see that had to drop the price of the Labor Gillard fundraiser next week from $1600 a head to $495 a head, to try and fill tables…. bet its $99 the day before!!

    by Suzanne Blake on Apr 4, 2013 at 7:03 pm

  10. They will be discussing the Guardian lead about the Tax dodgers in the Caymen Islands. I am on the list? - not me personally but 200 Gig of emails - 100 times more than Wikileaks will produce some very worried people especially as it also includes other tax havens closer to home such as the Cook Islands.

    by tonyfunnywalker on Apr 4, 2013 at 7:44 pm

  11. I’ve just noticed the title “Mr Rupert Murdoch AC” - In the rarefied atmosphere of bogans and other idiot savants I work with, the “AC” is causing a few giggles…

    by TheFamousEccles on Apr 4, 2013 at 8:18 pm

  12. Moderation be damned!

    by TheFamousEccles on Apr 4, 2013 at 8:18 pm

  13. The people mentioned in the article on the IPA gala event can hardly be called conservative. They do not conserve egalitarian, justice and reformist ideals on which Australia depends. Neither are they right leaning unless this means they oppose reforms. They want reform that benefits them. This is reactionary politics and fascism. Fascism, literally, a bunch of sticks, once used to make things, but today it is the collusion of the powerful few to oppress and deprive the many, in the name of the many. Leftist extremists do it too.

    by Harris Evan on Apr 4, 2013 at 10:23 pm

  14. I suppose Tony the Abbott’s campaign begging bowl will be full by the end of the evening.

    by lulu2503 on Apr 7, 2013 at 3:38 pm

  15. As we all know in business “there is no free lunch” oops, sorry dinner in this case.

    Liberals and their business cohorts? No way.
    This is not a third world country!!!? business and politics!!!?
    Look what they done to that once great country the USA.
    Greed has no boundaries - Politics or Business.

    Shame!

    by terry jones on Apr 24, 2013 at 7:00 pm

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