Parliament House hosted the annual Midwinter Ball on Wednesday evening, where politicians, business leaders, celebrities and journalists alike rubbed shoulders, all in the name of charity.
Politicians donated their time through an online charity auction on the night, with the money raised going to LifeCircle, CareFlight, St Vincent de Paul, Beard Season, Guide Dogs Australia, Bully Zero and Good360.
And some Aussies were quite willing to fork out top dollar to spend time with some of Australia’s top politicians.
One Australian splurged $5,000 to play tennis with treasurer Josh Frydenberg, while a sunrise ride in a Royal Australian Air Force hot air balloon with defence minister Linda Reynolds went for $3,500.
How much is a three-course meal with wine in the company of Labor leaders Anthony Albanese and Richard Marles worth to you? One Aussie is paying up $5,000 for the privilege.
But perhaps nothing will beat the price paid by a bidder for a beer with the Prime Minister: an Aussie has given away $10,200 of their money to enjoy a beverage with Scott Morrison, along with three of their friends.
The opportunity includes a visit to one of the Prime Minister’s residences, either The Lodge in Canberra or Sydney’s Kirribilli House.
Auctioning off someone’s time is not a new concept, with Make A Wish Foundation one of the most well-known examples of celebrities’ time being donated for terminally ill children.
After former Prime Minister Julia Gillard exited politics, she had afternoon tea with a number of Werribee Tigers footy fans who won an auction to meet her.
Stranger things have gone for auction for a good cause: more than 90 lots of bull semen was donated by the Australian Brahman Breeders’ Association to raise funds for North West Queensland flood victims in March.
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