Never fear — Victorian News Corp staff do get a Christmas party after all! We had previously reported that News Corp Christmas parties had been cancelled across the country, but an invite to a Christmas picnic at Elisabeth Murdoch’s farm arrived for Victorian scribes this morning. The picnic invite emphasises that families and children (who will get pressies) are invited to the bash, but staff will have to stump up for their own food:

“Adults can sit back, relax and enjoy a picnic with family and friends or wander around the magnificent gardens of Cruden Farm. There are fabulous Food Trucks to purchase food or bring your own meat to cook on the BBQs provided.

“For Children there are rides, animal farm, mini golf, face painting, roving entertainment and a visit from Santa.  Registered children receive drinks, ice creams and unlimited rides. Children up to 13 years of age also receive a gift.”

The invite covers staff at the Herald and Weekly Times, Victorian Leaderpapers, the Geelong Advertiser and the News Corp’s Melbourne printing operations. The fine print reveals that while employees are welcome to bring their own children, they’ll have to pay up if they want to bring anyone else’s.

“All News Corp Australia Victorian staff are invited to attend, and bring their family. Where employees are bringing their own children, no payment is required. Where employees are not bringing their own children and wish to bring other family children, a limit of two will be accepted at no charge. Any extra children, a payment of $10 per child is required. Where employees are bringing children who are NOT family members, a payment of $10 per child is required.”

We did say they were trying to keep costs down.

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