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

*Also current Prime Minister.

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"In my judgment, no paper more closely corresponds with the true spirit of Australia" says Tony Abbott of The Australian.

Lenore Taylor@lenoretaylor

"In my judgment, no paper more closely corresponds with the true spirit of Australia" says Tony Abbott of The Australian.

9:21 PM - 15 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

9:42 PM - 15 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

When a prime minister lavishes praise on a newspaper and its editors you can be rock solid sure that paper has betrayed journalism.,

10:07 PM - 15 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

9:55 PM - 15 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@overingtonc If that is the spirit if Australia, I despair.

Jane Caro@JaneCaro

@overingtonc If that is the spirit if Australia, I despair.

9:33 PM - 15 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

News Corporation Chairman @rupertmurdoch flanked by Paul Keating and @TonyAbbottMHR at #oz50 dinner in Sydney

10:04 PM - 15 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And of course, no expenses were spared.

Gorgeous dessert by Philippa Sibley. Quince, truffled honey, macadamia and gold. #oz50

Sharri Markson@SharriMarkson

Gorgeous dessert by Philippa Sibley. Quince, truffled honey, macadamia and gold. #oz50

10:03 PM - 15 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

The tweets coming from the tea party loonies at #oz50 are hilarious. I suspect they are serious and are not having a piss take

7:52 PM - 15 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

For God's sake @NewsCorp, if Rupes in public, make sure he's got his bloody teeth in #oz50 #auspol

9:43 PM - 15 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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."