Political lessons learned: Bob Carr lecture at UNE

Published 12 May 2014

Bob Carr smallOn Tuesday May 20, former New South Wales Premier and Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, will give personal insights into his life as a politician, conservationist, statesman and author at a public presentation and discussion at the University of New England.

During his presentation, Mr Carr will discuss some of his experiences in Australian and international politics, as well as his deep personal interest in history.

Mr Carr is the longest continually serving Premier in New South Wales history, and was responsible for many important milestones during his ten years in power, including landmark reforms to tort law and drug laws, NSW being named as having the nation’s best school literacy, as well as major projects to improve Sydney’s road system, including the M5 Extension, the Eastern Distributer and the Cross City Tunnel.

As Premier, Mr Carr introduced a number of anti-greenhouse measures, including the world’s first carbon trading scheme and curbing the clearing of native vegetation. He was a member of the International Task Force on Climate Change convened by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and was made a life member of the Wilderness Society in 2003. He has also received the World Conservation Union International Parks Merit Award for creating 350 new national parks.

During his time as Foreign Minister, Mr Carr worked to foster stronger relations between Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, campaigned for the passage of a global Arms Trade Treaty, and led the final stages of Australia’s successful bid for a seat on the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member.

Mr Carr has received the Fulbright Distinguished Fellow Award Scholarship and has served as Honorary Scholar of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue. He has also written several books, including Thoughtlines (2002), What Australia Means to Me (2003), and My Reading Life (2008). He launched a new book, Diary of a Foreign Minister, last month.

Following his resignation from the Senate on October 23, 2013, the University of Technology, Sydney appointed him to lead the Australia-China Relations Institute, a think tank dedicated to Australia-China relations.

Mr Carr will present at UNE’s Lewis Lecture Theatre at 2pm on Tuesday May 20. There will be a Q&A session at the end of his presentation, followed by a book signing of Diary of a Foreign Minister. Books will be available to purchase on the day.