Jul 16, 2014

Mal Turnbull so camera-shy at Rupert’s party

The Australian celebrated its 50th birthday with a gala dinner in Sydney -- but why was Turnbull so shy, and where was Ken Cowley? Crikey stood outside to get the goss.

Margot Saville — <em>Crikey</em> Sydney reporter

Margot Saville

Crikey Sydney reporter

Fastest entrance of the event last night was awarded to Malcolm Turnbull, who sprinted into The Australian’s 50th birthday anniversary dinner so quickly he blurred my photo. Malcolm, our cleverest politician, knows that public displays of affection to Rupert Murdoch have a way of coming back to haunt you -- who could possibly forget the photo of Tony Blair among the Murdoch godparents? And David Cameron palling it up with Andy Coulson? It’s one thing to be bathing in the gaze of the Sun King at election time (he really likes me!) and another to have your personal text messages to Rebekah Brooks -- "LOL!" -- read out in a court of law. Fascinated by the gala dinner at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney last night, Crikey attended (uninvited) and milled around outside in the rain. Although Malcolm arrived in the same car as Julie Bishop, he rather unchivalrously left her in the dust, although she could have been hampered by towering heels and a really fabulous red lace sheath. A later photo of the two of them on the red carpet shows them standing about four feet apart. Joe Hockey also made a fast entrance, several minutes after NSW Premier Mike Baird, who snuck into the slipstream of another couple. But the question on everyone's lips was where was Ken Cowley? According to the gossip in the room, the former head honcho of News had been invited despite giving a rather indiscreet interview about The Australian and Lachlan Murdoch to the Australian Financial Review just a few weeks ago. Apparently he had accepted and then changed his mind -- there was no sight of him on the red carpet.

Jeanne Pratt didn't carry her own brolly (left) while Julie Bishop (right) made do with staffer Murray Hansen as Malcolm Turnbull had already bolted inside. Pics by Liam Mendes 

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26 thoughts on “Mal Turnbull so camera-shy at Rupert’s party

  1. Jaybuoy

    Noel Pearson… I wonder if he drives a porch..should be ashamed of himself for attending..ditto for Bill Shorten..

  2. Delerious

    Excellent coverage Margot. This is the type of information we need when these guys get together.

  3. klewso

    “How high Mr Murdoch?”

  4. klewso

    “Paying Tribute by the Brooks – get down on your knees and kiss the ring”?

  5. linda

    oh god Rupert clearly believes medicine is going to give him another 50 years……

  6. zut alors

    MIke Carlton ever perceptive.

    Margot, I’m concerned about the company you’ve been (sort of) keeping lately.

  7. MJPC

    Enjoyed the coverage and guest listings, Margot. Reminded be of a comment by Russel Brand in a Huffington Post UK interview.
    He mentioned a friend who attended a party of one of the idle rich in the UK (not Murdoch). He was surprised at how many of both sides of politics were there, both Conservative and Labour, partying with each other. Brand aptly summarised that, during the day they are this or that party (left or right) in parliament, but at night they are the same party; so be it in Australia. When Citizen Murdoch says beg it’s ony a matter of how straight the pollies sit that differs.

  8. arctic winds

    Would love to see a photo of that head table.

    I’m surprised Keating was there, and he would share a table with Howard at that. He must still have some debts to pay off to Murdoch.

  9. Dennis Bauer

    I wonder who else in the Labour Party would have gone if invited. Was Clive there?

  10. leon knight

    No photos of Janet Albrechtson in s stunning used sheath?

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