January 2006

Green and Gold Starry Night


Green and gold Starry Night

The Daily Telegraph, January 16, 2006


News source: The Daily Telegraph, Monday, January 16, 2006

THE guest list was a who's who of Aussies who've made it in the US.

Hugh Jackman, Olivia Newton John and rock group INXS were last night honoured at an Australian Government dinner in Los Angeles.

Everyone from actors Eric Bana, Melissa George, Jesse Spencer and Kimberley Joseph through to crocodile hunter Steve Irwin and astronaut Andy Thomas were there to give them a big Aussie thumbs up.

Newly married Sarah Wynter turned up looking decidedly pregnant, bringing her equally gorgeous sister Rainie as her date.

John Travolta popped up, presumably because he owns a flying kangaroo and somewhere among all the glitz and glam our operative found Treasurer Peter Costello and former Deputy PM Tim Fischer.

The most notable no-shows were Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, whose love affair grew after meeting at the same event last year when both were honoured with awards.

Jackman, who received his award from mate Bana, was thrilled.

"I'm a little bit humbled and I'm thrilled. Australia will always be our home," Jackman said.

Newton John was presented with a lifetime achievement award by her old Grease buddy Travolta.

"We've always been there for each other through thick and thin no matter what," Travolta said.

A clearly delighted Newton John said she couldn't believe she was being honoured.

"I have a very special place for Australia . Australia is my heart's home," she said.