• Tony Abbott.

    Tony Abbott.

  • Tony Abbott's 50th anniversary address to the National Press Club

    Tony Abbott's 50th anniversary address to the National Press Club

  • .....just one more photo opportunity.....

    .....just one more photo opportunity.....

  • Bronwyn Morris and Sue O'Leary

    Bronwyn Morris and Sue O'Leary

  • Tony Abbott, Hetty Kate and James Morrison

    Tony Abbott, Hetty Kate and James Morrison

  • Suzanne Mostyn and Mark Riley

    Suzanne Mostyn and Mark Riley

  • Tony Abbott with Juris and Lois Greste parents of Peter Greste.

    Tony Abbott with Juris and Lois Greste parents of Peter Greste.

  • Russell Barton, Mark Kenny and Laurie Wilson

    Russell Barton, Mark Kenny and Laurie Wilson

  • Phillip Hudson and Lyndal Curtis

    Phillip Hudson and Lyndal Curtis

  • Gordon Broderick and Brian Loughnane

    Gordon Broderick and Brian Loughnane

  • Peter Phillips and Russell Barton

    Peter Phillips and Russell Barton

  • Niki Savva and Steve Lewis

    Niki Savva and Steve Lewis

  • Nicole Seils, Paul Walshe and Nigel Wilson

    Nicole Seils, Paul Walshe and Nigel Wilson

  • Natasha Sikman and Christian Taubenschlag

    Natasha Sikman and Christian Taubenschlag

  • Naomi Lemmon and James Shaw

    Naomi Lemmon and James Shaw

  • Melissa Moss and Maurice Reilley

    Melissa Moss and Maurice Reilley

  • Melissa Moss and Misha Schubert

    Melissa Moss and Misha Schubert

  • Martin Cross and Richard Gilbert

    Martin Cross and Richard Gilbert

  • Mark Baker and Katharine Murphy

    Mark Baker and Katharine Murphy

  • Laurie Wilson, Tony Eggleton and Tony Abbott

    Laurie Wilson, Tony Eggleton and Tony Abbott

  • Laurie Wilson

    Laurie Wilson

  • Laura and Darin frank, Nicole Seils and Trevor Thomas

    Laura and Darin frank, Nicole Seils and Trevor Thomas

  • Kitty Wilson and Kelly Walshe

    Kitty Wilson and Kelly Walshe

  • Kevin Gill and Jan Febey

    Kevin Gill and Jan Febey

  • Ken Randall, Maurice reilley and Mark Baker

    Ken Randall, Maurice reilley and Mark Baker

  • Katherine Waters and Sam Hardiman

    Katherine Waters and Sam Hardiman

  • John and Chris Faulks

    John and Chris Faulks

  • Jeremy Mitchell and Simone Holzapfel

    Jeremy Mitchell and Simone Holzapfel

  • Jane Norman, Rosie Lewis, Sarah Whyte and Jennifer Rajca

    Jane Norman, Rosie Lewis, Sarah Whyte and Jennifer Rajca

  • James Morrison

    James Morrison

  • Hetty Kate and James Morrison

    Hetty Kate and James Morrison

  • Hannah Porter and Ken Randall

    Hannah Porter and Ken Randall

  • Gerard Newcombe, Jenny McCarthy and Alan Manly

    Gerard Newcombe, Jenny McCarthy and Alan Manly

  • Elizabeth Grant and Muriel Wilkinson

    Elizabeth Grant and Muriel Wilkinson

  • Di Barton and Wendy Phillips

    Di Barton and Wendy Phillips

  • David and Liz Speers

    David and Liz Speers

  • David and Lee Yacaginsky

    David and Lee Yacaginsky

  • Chris Uhlmann and Frank Crews

    Chris Uhlmann and Frank Crews

  • Brian Loughnane, Tony Eggleton and Tony Abbott

    Brian Loughnane, Tony Eggleton and Tony Abbott

  • Brian Loughnane, Darcy Tronson and Tony Eggleton

    Brian Loughnane, Darcy Tronson and Tony Eggleton

  • Amanda Lynch, Alan Eggleston and Gordon Broderick

    Amanda Lynch, Alan Eggleston and Gordon Broderick

  • Allan and Janeen Williams

    Allan and Janeen Williams

  • Trevor Sutton and Jane Halton

    Trevor Sutton and Jane Halton

  • Trevor Sutton and Flint Singleton

    Trevor Sutton and Flint Singleton

  • Tony Eggleton, Tony Abbott and Laurie Wilson

    Tony Eggleton, Tony Abbott and Laurie Wilson

National Press Club 50th Anniversary Dinner

10 September 2014

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.