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The National Press Club is relieved to see the decision not to prosecute ABC reporter Dan Oakes, but this case highlights the urgent need for reform of laws that enable the criminalisation of journalism.

These laws have a chilling effect on the right of journalists to carry out their jobs, and to report without fear or favour.

National Press Club calls on the Malaysian Government to immediately stop intimidating Australian and Al Jazeera Journalists

The Board of National Press Club of Australia calls on the democratically elected government of Malaysia to immediately cease its criminal investigation into five Australian journalists and one Al Jazerra journalist over its short documentary 101 East about migrant workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

War Correspondents Memorial

This Anzac Day we stop and reflect on the sacrifices of war correspondents, photographers, artists and crews who tell our stories.

Upcoming Speakers


Jenny Hocking

Award-winning biographer, Emeritus Professor at Monash University and the inaugural Distinguished Whitlam Fellow with the Whitlam Institute at Western Sydney University

'The Palace letters and the dismissal of the Whitlam government – after forty-five years it’s time for a historical reset'

In 2016 Professor Jenny Hocking initiated legal action in the Federal Court against the National Archives of Australia, seeking the release of these ‘Palace letters’. The High Court’s landmark 6:1 decision in her favour in May 2020, that the letters were not ‘personal’ as Archives had contended, resulted in their release in full and unredacted. The High Court’s decision ended decades of royal secrecy over a key aspect of the dismissal, just what the Queen knew prior to Kerr’s decision to dismiss the Whitlam government. Professor Jenny Hocking will speak about her four-year legal battle to secure the release of these historic Palace letters, what the letters reveal, and their impact on the history of the dismissal.

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Ruth Stewart

National Rural Health Commissioner

'Address to the National Rural Press Club'

Adjunct Professor Ruth Stewart was appointed as the second National Rural Health Commissioner for Australia in July 2020. She brings to this role nearly 30 years of work as a Rural Generalist doctor with the advanced skills of a GP obstetrician. Ruth and her husband Anthony Brown now live and work on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait.

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Pauline Wright – SOLD OUT

Law Council President

'Address to the National Press Club'

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An iconic Canberra venue providing a premium social setting for professionals, the National Press Club hosts public debates and private discussions that shape Australia today and into the future. A vigorous champion of media freedom, we are a home away from home for journalists, decision-makers and influencers alike. 

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