Former Employee* Says The Australian Is Australia’s Best Newspaper

*Also current Prime Minister.

1. Prime Minister Tony Abbott has used a speech at The Australian’s 50th birthday party on Tuesday night to give his opinion about the media and journalism.

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3. Mr Abbott continued in a similar vein throughout the speech, recalling fond memories for the Murdoch-controlled newspaper.

4. It prompted some journalists from competing organisations to take Twitter with concerns about the pandering.

@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.”

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Mark Di Stefano is a political editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.
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