About the speaker:
Former Foreign Minister Bob Carr is also the longest continuously serving Premier in New South Wales history. During his 10 years the State Government set new records for spending on infrastructure, became the first government in the State’s history to retire debt, hosted the world’s best Olympics in 2000 and achieved the nation’s best school literacy levels. Forbes magazine called Bob Carr a “dragon slayer” for his landmark tort law reforms.
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. 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 then Prime Minister Gillard in achieving a strategic partnership with China.
Following his resignation from the Senate on October 24, 2013, the University of Technology, Sydney appointed him to lead the Australia-China Relations Institute – a think tank dedicated to Australia-China relations.
About the facilitator:
During his diplomatic service at the Holy See, John McCarthy was closely involved with human rights issues, particularly the eradication of modern slavery and human trafficking. John was also heavily engaged in conferences and consultations in Rome during 2015 in respect of the Sustainable Development Goals. After his return to Australia he has been heavily involved in the anti-slavery cause and since May 2017 has been chair of the Sydney Archdioceses Anti-Slavery Taskforce. The report of the task force was delivered to Archbishop Fisher in January 2018 and he will be making a major announcement on February 8 on International Catholic Slavery Day.
John lives in Sydney and is married with 6 children and 6 grandchildren. He was a senior Barrister (Queens Counsel). He was briefed in many notable cases including the first recognition of Native Title on the Australian mainland. Mr McCarthy appeared for the indigenous people – the Dunghutti.
John has been involved in many and varied public and Church affairs including university governance, sports and arts administration, legal and professional committees, and international and disaster relief activities. He is a graduate in Arts/Law from the University of Sydney, where he served as a Fellow of the Senate (1995-2010) and Pro-Chancellor (2005-2010).
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