About Professor the Honourable Bob Carr

Former Foreign Minister Bob Carr is also the longest continuously serving Premier in New South Wales history.

He served as Minister for Planning and Environment from 1984 to 1988 and as Leader of the Australian Labour Party from 1988 until his election as Premier in March 1995.

As Premier, he introduced the world’s first carbon trading scheme and curbed the clearing of native vegetation, both anti-greenhouse measures. He was also a member of the International Task Force on Climate Change convened by Tony Blair.


As Foreign Minister, he was instrumental in fostering 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. Further, his plan for a Syrian medical pact was backed at the G20. In 2013, working with Prime Minister Gillard, Bob Carr helped negotiate a Strategic Partnership with China.

In 2014, he was appointed the Director of the newly established Australia China Relations Institute at The University of Technology Sydney, the first think tank devoted to Australia-China relations, serving there for five years. Between 2019 and 2022, he served as Professor of Industry in Climate and Business at the University of Technology Sydney helping shape the debate on climate and energy.