Pollie's big night: Australian leaders tire of getting off at the annual Winter Ball
- The annual function is considered the largest social event in the Canberra calendar
- Staging in September with renovations that close Great Hall at Parliament House
- Prime Minister Scott Morrison and actor Sam Neill among the guests
Andrew Prentice for Daily Mail Australia
Politicians and journalists in Canberra are rarely seen face to face, but it was a different story at the annual Midwinter Ball party.
Considered the largest social event of the year in the nation's capital, guests began arriving at the House of Parliament from 5 p.m.
Usually organized in the middle of winter, the gala night was delayed until the spring of this year due to the renovations that closed the Great Hall in the House of Parliament.
Australian music singer Jessica Mauboy was the star performer, with healthy people also entertained by veteran comedian Bob Downe.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison with his wife Jenny after arriving at the House of Parliament
Opposition Law leader shortened with his wife Chloe on Wednesday night in Canberra
Labor Senator Kristina Keneally and her husband Ben Keneally in the House of Parliament
Shadow Minister for infrastructure Anthony Albanese and his wife Carmel Tebbutt
As part of some of the auction items on display, Prime Minister Scott Morrison agreed to prepare and serve a dinner at Kirribilli House with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten offering a talk about a glass or two of wine with the vice leader Tanya Plibersek.
Other guests who dusted off their tuxedos and cocktail dresses were actor Sam Neill, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Labor Senator Kristina Keneally, Shadow Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese and Sky News host Peta Credlin.
In a movement that made the languages move, the Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, did not show up.
In previous years, the cost of the extravagant dress of the leader of the Liberal Party was often a topic of conversation.
The high profile couple Barnaby Joyce and Vikki Campion also chose to stay at home.
Sky News host Peta Credlin with her husband Brian Loughnane
Deputy Leader of the Opposition Tanya Plibersek with her husband Michael Coutts-Trotter
Respected New Zealand actor Sam Neill is setting it up for the cameras
Democratic Senator Derryn Hinch moments after arriving on Wednesday night