National Press Club 50th Anniversary DinnerShare Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
It was a full house at the National Press Club of Australia for the address you have when you’re not actually having an address. And the reason for that is that our PM Tony Abbott has yet to fulfill the invitation as PM to stand and deliver at that famous podium. But for an anniversary as significant as then PM Sir Robert Menzies’ address to the fledgling National Press Club 50 years ago – give or take a few days - Abbott performed in his most statesmanlike way, meeting the parents of Peter Greste who had just flown back from Cairo to be there as special guests of a concerned press corps, dined finely in good company, worked the room for the ubiquitous selfies, a few handshakes, kisses and hugs; enjoyed the sublime trumpeting of James Morrison and his superb songstress Hetty Kate and scarpered as quick as a wink off to another event or to bunk in early at the Police College to get over accumulated jet lag.
The guests were in fine form and represented an eclectic mix of Canberra’s press, business, Liberals and staffers with special guests, the past presidents, board members and general managers and members who’ve made this club a resounding success.