Stand & Deliver
Celebrating 50 Years of the National Press ClubBook - 2014
If Australian politics and public policy debates are a war of ideas, the National Press Club is the battleground. For the past half-century, the NPC has been the epicentre of political and social debate in Australia. Leaders and opinion-makers have used its stage to launch leadership bids, rattle the cage of public opinion with courageous and sometimes outrageous ideas, and make a stand. Stand & Deliver brings to life the NPC's rich and colourful history by chronicling some of the most powerful and entertaining speeches of the past fifty years. It also lifts the lid on the protests and controversies experienced by this national institution. Featuring many of the giants of recent Australian and international history - including Bill Gates, the Dalai Lama, John Howard, Paul Keating, Julia Gillard, Barry Humphries, Germaine Greer and Bob Hawke - Stand & Deliver is an illuminating and entertaining journey through the last fifty years of public debate and discourse that have shaped our nation and the world. 'Over the course of its fifty-year history, the National Press Club has established itself as an integral part of Australia's mainstream political and media culture. It has become a national institution. Stand and Deliver ranges widely over the years and the NPC's many speakers - from Australian prime ministers and international figures, such as the Dalai Lama, Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher and Bill Gates, to those from the world of the arts, such as Barry Humphries, Shirley MacLaine and Sir Peter Ustinov. The NPC's role as the pre-eminent national forum for public policy discussion and debate remains of foremost importance. I believe this book captures the significance of that role.' Laurie Wilson, President, National Press Club
Publisher: Collingwood, Vic., Black Inc., an imprint of Schwartz Publishing Pty, Limited,, 2014.
Characteristics: xiv, 308 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Stand and deliver