Sunday, July 27, 2008

PM's A-list dinner guests

ENTERTAINERS, union officials and media identities have enjoyed Kevin Rudd's hospitality since he became Prime Minister.

The guest list for official functions at The Lodge and Kirribilli House reveals Mr Rudd's dinner companions are an interesting mix of the famous and the powerful.

The list of celebrities who have dined with him could rival that at any red-carpet event: Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban; Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborra-lee Furness; and Cate Blanchett and her husband, Andrew Upton.

Media types who have visited Mr Rudd at The Lodge include Nine Network chief executive David Gyngell and his wife, Leila McKinnon, along with Sky News chief executive officer Angelos Frangopoulos and SBS Radio marketing director Paula Masselos.

The official guest list, released to the Senate finance and public administration committee, shows union heavyweights Paddy Crumlin, John Sutton, Jeff Lawrence, Tony Maher and Bill Ludwig have also attended functions at the Prime Minister's residence.

The bill for wining and dining at The Lodge since the election is $43,000.


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