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One of Australia’s most recognisable political leaders
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The Hon Bob Carr was a former Foreign Minister of Australia and one of Australia’s most recognisable political leaders who helped elevate Australia’s relations with China achieving a more strategic partnership.
For over 10 years he was Premier of New South Wales, the longest continuously serving Premier in New South Wales history .
He set new records for State Government spending on infrastructure, hosted the world’s best Olympics in Sydney 2000 and achieved the nation’s best school literacy levels. Forbes magazine called Bob Carr a ‘dragon slayer;’ for his landmark tort law reforms.
Recently retired from Federal politics, the University of Technology, Sydney appointed him to lead the Australia-China Relations Institute – a think tank dedicated to Australia-China relations.
Bob Carr is uniquely qualified to talk about how international developments can shape your business and about the phenomenon of China. Bob Carr offers a humorous and enlightened account of what it's like to be a member of the Foreign Minister's club, to shape opinion, and to win and lose arguments in world forums.
He served as Minister for Planning and Environment from 1984 to 1988 and as Leader of the Opposition from 1988 until his election as Premier in March 1995. He was re-elected in 1999 and 2003 securing an historic third four-year term. He retired from politics in 2005.
As Premier he received the World Conservation Union International Parks Merit Award for creating 350 new national parks. He introduced the world's first carbon trading scheme and curbed the clearing of native vegetation, both anti-greenhouse measures. He was a member of the International Task Force on Climate Change convened by Tony Blair, and was made a life member of the Wilderness Society in 2003.
Bob Carr has received the Fulbright Distinguished Fellow Award Scholarship. He has served as Honorary Scholar of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue. He is the author of Thoughtlines (2002), What Australia Means to Me (2003), My Reading Life (2008) and Diary of a Foreign Minister (2014).
In March 2012 he was designated by Prime Minister Julia Gillard as Australia's Foreign Minister, elected to the Australian Senate to fill a casual Senate vacancy and sworn in to the Senate and Cabinet on March 13, 2012.
As Foreign Minister, Bob Carr fostered stronger relations between Australia and Southeast Asia, lifted sanctions on Myanmar, campaigned for the passage of a global Arms Trade Treaty and led the final stages of Australia's successful bid for Australia's seat on the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member. His plan for a Syrian medical pact was backed at the G20. He assisted Prime Minister Gillard in achieving a strategic partnership with China.
Bob Carr serves on the Board of Dymocks Children's Charity; is a Director of The Lysicrates Foundation and a Committee Member of the UNSW Matraville Education Program Advisory Council. One of Australia's most popular and respected political leaders, Bob Carr made his political reputation through public speaking.