29 March 2011

Bob Carr lectures on favourite subject: history

Bob Carr shares his insights with students.

Bob Carr shares his insights with students.

 Bob Carr with Professor David Hayward, Dean of the School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning (left) and Professor Joe Siracusa (right).

Bob Carr with Professor David Hayward, Dean of the School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning (left) and Professor Joe Siracusa (right).

Bob Carr, the longest continuously serving Premier in New South Wales history, presented a lively and well-researched lecture on international politics in the period between the First and Second World Wars to International Studies students.

Mr Carr visited RMIT University at the invitation of Joe Siracusa, Professor in Human Security and International Diplomacy and Associate Dean of International and Justice Studies, who is a specialist in diplomacy and global security.

Professor Siracusa said Mr Carr, a historian in his own right, provided an opportunity to listen to one of Australia's greatest political leaders reflect on a pivotal moment in modern history, the interwar years.

"Bob Carr suggested the paradox of the laws of unintended consequences, that is, nothing turned out the way world leaders had intended.

"The lessons of this period, he continued, are plain to see and of much relevance to our times.

"The student feedback was very positive, with Mr Carr taking time after the lecture to answer individual student questions," Professor Siracusa said.

Mr Carr served as Leader of the NSW Opposition from 1988 until his election as Premier in March 1995. He was re-elected in 1999 and again in March 2003, securing a historic third four-year term. He retired from politics in 2005 after more than 10 years as Premier.

Mr 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), and My Reading Life (2008).

Mr Carr will be a plenary speaker at the 1st International All Energy Congress at the Exhibition and Convention Centre in Sydney in November.

The congress will deliberate over one of the world's most urgent problems - the efficient generation and use of energy, with minimum adverse impact on the environment.

Energy sources include coal, diesel and petrol, nuclear and hydropower as well as renewables - solar, wind, geothermal - and alternatives such as hydrogen, bio-fuels, gaseous fuels and alcohols.

RMIT's Professor Sylvester Abanteriba, the convenor of the congress, is the International Energy Foundation (IEF) Regional President, Australia. The IEF, which deals with all forms of energy, operates across 175 countries.

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