"In my judgment, no paper more closely corresponds with the true spirit of Australia" says Tony Abbott of The Australian.
— Lenore Taylor (@lenoretaylor)
3. Mr Abbott continued in a similar vein throughout the speech, recalling fond memories for the Murdoch-controlled newspaper.
PM Abbott on working for the Oz in his early career: 'I never went back but like to think that, in spirit, I𠆝 never left.' @ABCNews24 #oz50
— Karen Barlow (@KJBar)
4. It prompted some journalists from competing organisations to take Twitter with concerns about the pandering.
When a prime minister lavishes praise on a newspaper and its editors you can be rock solid sure that paper has betrayed journalism.,
— Mike Carlton (@MikeCarlton01)
In a way, he never has. RT @bevanshields85: Tony Abbott says he likes to think 'that in spirit, I never left' The Australian #oz50 #auspol
— Lisa Visentin (@LisaVisentin)
@overingtonc If that is the spirit if Australia, I despair.
— Jane Caro (@JaneCaro)
7. He toasted the room and then joined Murdoch and former Prime Ministers Paul Keating and John Howard for the remainder of the night.
News Corporation Chairman @rupertmurdoch flanked by Paul Keating and @TonyAbbottMHR at #oz50 dinner in Sydney
— Andrew Greene (@AndrewBGreene)
8. And of course, no expenses were spared.
Gorgeous dessert by Philippa Sibley. Quince, truffled honey, macadamia and gold. #oz50
— Sharri Markson (@SharriMarkson)
9. There were some who thought the whole idea, including #oz50 hashtag was a joke.
The tweets coming from the tea party loonies at #oz50 are hilarious. I suspect they are serious and are not having a piss take
— Stephen Koukoulas (@TheKouk)
10. And others didn’t miss the chance to take the piss.
For God's sake @NewsCorp, if Rupes in public, make sure he's got his bloody teeth in #oz50 #auspol
— The Daily Rupert (@TheMurdochTimes)
11. It’s not the first time Mr Abbott has divided media based on “patriotism.” In February he heavily critcised the ABC’s reporting of Snowden revelations: “A lot of people feel at the moment that the ABC instinctively takes everyone’s side but Australia’s.”