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May 9, 2016

Press Freedom very free

Who was there and how the charity auction went down.

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The media industry in Sydney kicked up their heels on Friday at the annual Press Freedom dinner, with the hottest topic of the night the redundancies at Fairfax and how many people would be tapped on the shoulder. According to our tipster:

“[The] most ubiquitous person of the night was Sam Dastyari, who bounced out of his seat like a jack in the box to greet every single journalist he knew (his quads must have been aching the next day).”

With just over 300 people in attendance, the ballroom at Justin Hemmes’ Ivy complex was the place to be. Host Craig Reucassel warmed up the auction part of the evening with some well-received jibes at 60 Minutes, and there were also a few good digs at the Google table for staying silent during the auction, despite the fact that they clearly had the most money.

Former NBN newsreader Ray Dinneen paid $3750 for the dinner with five friends at Tetsuya with the boys from The Chaser, and also paid $2650 for dinner with four friends and Leigh Sales. True stayers headed up the cabanas at the pool bar at the Ivy. Our tipster says the Oz’s James Jeffrey appeared to stay dry this year, after entering the pool fully dressed last year.

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