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Luxe look: Nova's drivetime radio host Kate Ritchie was seen making her way to the high profile event, she looked sophisticated in a chic black dress, and added a touch of luxury with a Chanel purse and matching espadrille heels
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Australia’s fanciest Christmas bash brought together a glittering array of powerbrokers from showbiz, politics, business, sport and media on Thursday. 

Dozens of smartly-dressed A-listers gathered at the palatial mansion News Corp co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch shares with wife Sarah in the exclusive Sydney suburb of Bellevue Hill.

The party is an annual end-of-year gathering for friends to the Newscorp world down under – and its biggest stars.

Home and Away and Nova radio star Kate Ritchie, Qantas boss Alan Joyce, Atlassian founder and billionaire Scott Farquhar topped the prestigious guest list. 

But there was one very notable absentee: broadcasting legend and former Sky ratings champion Alan Jones, who snubbed the event.

Luxe look: Nova’s drivetime radio host Kate Ritchie was seen making her way to the high profile event, she looked sophisticated in a chic black dress, and added a touch of luxury with a Chanel purse and matching espadrille heels

Lachlan Murdoch and wife Sarah were the hosts of the evening's A-list event

Lachlan Murdoch and wife Sarah were the hosts of the evening’s A-list event

High profile shindig! Nova's Michael 'Wippa' Wipfli and his wife Lisa led the high profile arrivals for an exclusive Christmas drinks hosted by Sarah and Lachlan Murdoch in Sydney on Thursday

High profile shindig! Nova’s Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli and his wife Lisa led the high profile arrivals for an exclusive Christmas drinks hosted by Sarah and Lachlan Murdoch in Sydney on Thursday

Some of the biggest names in Australian media attended too, including Sky boss Paul Whittaker, Sky News stars Peter Stefanovic, Chris Kenny, Paul Murray and Sharri Markson and top News Corp executives Siobhan McKenna and Michael Miller.

One of the big talking points for guests would have been the day’s shock news of a proposed royal commission-style enquiry into media diversity in Australia.

The influence of the Murdoch empire is firmly in the sights of the a year-long Senate inquiry into media diversity, led by Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Pictured: The Murdoch's palatial home in Sydney's east. Party host Lachlan Murdoch is the co-chairman of Sky's parent company News Corp

Pictured: The Murdoch’s palatial home in Sydney’s east. Party host Lachlan Murdoch is the co-chairman of Sky’s parent company News Corp

Sharri Markson, Sky News host and journalist at The Australian, added colour and glamour to the arrivals

Sharri Markson, Sky News host and journalist at The Australian, added colour and glamour to the arrivals

Alan Jones, who hosted a top-rating show on Sky News Australia four nights a week for over a year snubbed the big bash

Alan Jones, who hosted a top-rating show on Sky News Australia four nights a week for over a year snubbed the big bash

New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard, taking a break from an intense year of dealing with Covid was another heavy hitter at the party, arriving with wife Nicole.

Former NRL and FFA boss David Gallop and racing and rugby league administrator Peter V’landys were also on the guest list. 

Nova radio hosts Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli and Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald were on hand with their partners to enjoy drinks on a rainy December night.

Local Liberal MP Dave Sharma also attended with his wife.

Sky News presenter Peter Stefanovic and Sky First Edition presenter Laura Jayes were also on the guest list.

Sky News presenter Peter Stefanovic and Sky First Edition presenter Laura Jayes were also on the guest list.

Billionaire Atlassian founder Scott Farquhar could challenge host Mr Murdoch for personal wealth. He arrived at the drinks with his wife Kim Jackson

Billionaire Atlassian founder Scott Farquhar could challenge host Mr Murdoch for personal wealth. He arrived at the drinks with his wife Kim Jackson

It was a mixed bag dress-wise with some opting for serious business attire, others very casual and others in between.

Farquhar didn’t feel the need to impress, going ultra casual in jeans and a crew-neck jumper over a t-shirt.

Wippa’s wife Lisa, 39, opted for an elegant, embroidered black dress with puffy sleeves, which she teamed with a $3,100 white Bottega Veneta purse.

Nova radio host Ryan 'Fitzy' Fitzgerald was on hand with his partner to enjoy drinks on a rainy December night

Nova radio host Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald was on hand with his partner to enjoy drinks on a rainy December night

Ritchie opted for a sophisticated black dress, and added a touch of luxury with a Chanel purse and matching espadrille heels.

Following them was Sky News’ Peter Stefanovic who dressed in a white shirt with jeans and carried his black blazer.

Alongside him was his First Edition co-host Laura Jayes who wowed in a festive red dress with a plunging neckline.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce (pictured left) was one of the many major powerbrokers arriving for the annual mixing of showbiz and business worlds

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce (pictured left) was one of the many major powerbrokers arriving for the annual mixing of showbiz and business worlds

Sky CEO Paul Whittaker was among the guests at the Newscorp Christmas party

Newscorp stalwart Col Allan, the former New York Post and Daily Telegraph editor, was among the guests

Sky CEO Paul Whittaker was among the guests at the Newscorp Christmas party, as was Newscorp stalwart Col Allan, the former New York Post and Daily Telegraph editor

Former FFA and NRL boss David Gallop (left) arrives at Sarah and Lachlan Murdoch's Christmas drinks

Former FFA and NRL boss David Gallop (left) arrives at Sarah and Lachlan Murdoch’s Christmas drinks

Racing and rugby league administrator Peter V'landys (centre) arrives ahead of Newscorp boss Michael Miller (left)

Racing and rugby league administrator Peter V’landys (centre) arrives ahead of Newscorp boss Michael Miller (left)

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard, after a tough year of dealing with Covid policy, attended with his wife Nicole

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard, after a tough year of dealing with Covid policy, attended with his wife Nicole

Murdoch, the co-chairman of Sky’s parent company News Corp, and his wife Sarah are understood to have invited Jones to the annual end-of-year party at their luxurious six-bedroom home in Bellevue Hill in Sydney’s east. 

Jones, who had recently departed Sky News and was critical of the network’s change of editorial direction, said he would not attend the drinks as a result. 

The broadcaster, 80, accused the network of ‘cancelling’ his conservative views and going ‘woke’ after they scrapped his weekday show in November.

Sky News stalwarts Chris Kenny (left) and Paul Murray (right) arrive for the big bash at Bellevue Hill

Sky News stalwarts Chris Kenny (left) and Paul Murray (right) arrive for the big bash at Bellevue Hill

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