Bob Carr is a former Australian Foreign Minister and was previously the longest continuously serving Premier in New South Wales having served for ten years between 1995 and 2005.
While in office, both as a Federal Cabinet member, as Premier and as Minister for Planning and Environment in previous Labor governments, Bob worked hard in defence of both animals and the environment. He introduced the world’s first carbon trading scheme, banned duck hunting in NSW, closed dolphinariums and curbed the clearing of native vegetation as 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. He has also received the World Conservation Union International Parks Merit Award for creating 350 new national parks.
Bob is a recipient of the Fulbright Distinguished Fellow Award Scholarship, has served as Honorary Scholar of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue and is the author of Thoughtlines (2002), What Australia Means to Me (2003) and My Reading Life (2008). He also sits on the Board of the United States Studies Centre, chairs the Advisory Council of the Climate Institute and is a Life Patron of South Maroubra Surf Club.
Appointed as a Voiceless Council member in 2009, Bob has a strong interest in animal protection. He is committed to raising public awareness about a range of animal welfare issues which he promotes through his writing and myriad speaking engagements.