Former Senator Bob Carr

Former Senator Bob Carr

Former Senator

Australian Labor Party


Parliamentary service
  • State: Leader of the Parliamentary Australian Labor Party (NSW) from 11.4.1988 to 3.8.2005.
  • Federal: Chosen by the Parliament of New South Wales on 6.3.2012 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice the Hon. M Arbib (resigned). Elected to the Senate for New South Wales 2013. Resigned 24.10.2013.
Ministerial appointments
  • Minister for Foreign Affairs from 13.3.2012 to 18.9.2013.
  • Cabinet Minister from 13.3.2012 to 18.9.2013.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Official visits to Cambodia, Vietnam and Singapore, March 2012.
  • Official visits to UK, Belgium, Malta and USA, April 2012.
  • Official visits to Fiji, April 2012.
  • Official visits to China and Japan, May 2012.
  • Official visits to Burma, Oman, Saudi Arabia, UK, Turkey, Algeria and Monaco, June 2012.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Australian Labor Party. Served: 06.03.2012 to 24.10.2013
Party positions
  • Secretary of the Australian Labor Party Maroubra Branch (NSW).
  • President of the Australian Labor Party Maroubra Branch (NSW).
  • President of the Australian Labor Party Kingsford-Smith Federal Electorate Council (NSW) from 1970 to 1988.
  • President of Young Labor (NSW) from 1970 to 1973.
  • President of Federal Young Labor from 1972 to 1973.
  • Born: 28.9.1947, Matraville, Australia
  • Gender: Male
  • Marital Status: Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • Hon DLitt (University of New South Wales).
  • BA(Hons) (University of New South Wales).
  • Journalist at ABC Current Affairs from 1969 to 1972.
  • Education Officer at the Labor Council from 1972 to 1978.
  • Journalist at the Bulletin from 1978 to 1983.
  • Member of the Legislative Assembly (NSW) from 1983 to 2005.
  • Consultant at Macquarie Bank from 2005 to 2012.
  • Consultant at Mallesons from 2006 to 2012.
  • Director of Dymocks Pty. Ltd. from 2007 to 2012.
  • Director of the United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney from 2009 to 2012.
State/Territory Government service
  • Leader of the Parliamentary Australian Labor Party (NSW) from 11.4.1988 to 3.8.2005.
  • Elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Maroubra, 1983. Resigned 3.8.2005.
  • Minister for Planning and Environment from 12.12.1984 to 21.3.1988.
  • Minister for Consumer Affairs from 6.2.1986 to 4.7.1986.
  • Minister for Heritage from 4.7.1986 to 21.3.1988.
  • Leader of the Opposition from 11.4.1988 to 4.4.1995.
  • Premier from 4.4.1995 to 3.8.2005.
  • Minister for Ethnic Affairs from 4.4.1995 to 8.4.1999.
  • Minister for the Arts from 4.4.1995 to 3.8.2005.
  • Minister for Citizenship from 8.4.1999 to 3.8.2005.
  • Received the World Conservation Union International Parks Merit Award, 1998.
  • Received the Fulbright Distinguished Fellow Award, 1999.
  • Social democracy and Australian Labor, NSW Labor Day Committee, Sydney: 1977.
  • Matters of principle: the Labor revival in New South Wales, Pluto Press, Melbourne: 1989.
  • Thoughtlines: Reflections of a Public Man, Viking, 2002.
  • What Australia Means to Me, Penguin Books, 2003.
  • My Reading Life: adventures in the world of books, Viking, 2008.
  • Diary of a Foreign Minister, NewSouth Publishing, Sydney: 2014.
  • Run for you life, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, Vic.: 2018.

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