• Rosemary Caulder, Michael Johnston and Geoff Derrick

    Rosemary Caulder, Michael Johnston and Geoff Derrick

  • Maurice Reilly, Gai Brodtmann and Sharon Claydon

    Maurice Reilly, Gai Brodtmann and Sharon Claydon

  • Lisa Wheildon, Jacqui Park and Anne Hollonds

    Lisa Wheildon, Jacqui Park and Anne Hollonds

  • Kate Gibson, Jane Walczak, Megan Dunstone and Rebecca Poulson

    Kate Gibson, Jane Walczak, Megan Dunstone and Rebecca Poulson

  • Girls Grammar student Lucinda Flood asks her question from the 'working press table'.

    Girls Grammar student Lucinda Flood asks her question from the 'working press table'.

  • Mark Kenny and Virginia Haussegger with David Speers

    Mark Kenny and Virginia Haussegger with David Speers

  • Rosie Batty

    Rosie Batty

  • The Qantas team

    The Qantas team

  • Shenaz Khan and Associate Professor Rae Cooper

    Shenaz Khan and Associate Professor Rae Cooper

  • Girls Grammar School Students

    Girls Grammar School Students

  • Rosie Batty and address moderator Misha Schubert

    Rosie Batty and address moderator Misha Schubert

  • A National Press Club boardroom welcome from Peter Phillips and Ken Randall

    A National Press Club boardroom welcome from Peter Phillips and Ken Randall

  • Sophie......Rosie Batty and Misha Schubert

    Sophie......Rosie Batty and Misha Schubert

  • Jacqui Paris and Paul Linossier

    Jacqui Paris and Paul Linossier

  • ....and the moment when emotions can't be kept in check any longer....

    ....and the moment when emotions can't be kept in check any longer....

  • David Speers

    David Speers

  • Mark Kenny

    Mark Kenny

  • Virginia Haussegger

    Virginia Haussegger

  • Moderator Misha Schubert

    Moderator Misha Schubert

  • Christine Milne

    Christine Milne

  • Ann O'Neill and Michael Costigan

    Ann O'Neill and Michael Costigan

  • Tara McKnight and Carly Clifton

    Tara McKnight and Carly Clifton

Rosie Batty @ the National Press Club

3 June 2015

Rosie Batty has been thrust into the spotlight for diametrically opposed reasons; the murder of her son Luke by his father and her inspirational decision to face the media onslaught with honesty, integrity and heartbreaking determination. And then as she was chosen to be our 2015 Australian of the Year, accepted gracefully on that sunny Australia Day on Capitol Hill from Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
 

She is now for us all a spokesperson with a sensible and well articulated resolve to make a difference in this her year of living a dream after an unimagineable nightmare. Her address to the National Press Club will long be remembered as one of the best, and cemented her position in public life, if she chooses, to be that calm, cool headed advocate who chooses her words well and does not resile from telling it as it is.

Domestic ‘terrorism’ is where she will make a difference as she continues to niggle away at government to fund programs as two women a being murdered every week, others suffer in silence and children experience collateral damage. Rosie Batty is a beautiful woman with a winning smile; her address a breath of fresh air in this arena so often one of posturing and pandering.