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Author Carr, Bob, author

Title Run for Your Life / Bob Carr
Published North Sydney : Melbourne University Publishing, 2018
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Contents Intro; Title; Copyright; Contents; Thirty and going nowhere; Intermezzo; Cockroaches in the cells; What a day this has been; Hello, I must be going; Of seaweed, scrub and subdivisions; A lousy education; Fever in the blood; Events control me; Nev: always give 'em hope; The great man comes to university; Dry enough to win government?; The Carr crash; Opportunistic ferals; Our royal commission; A lonely government; Bob the builder; The tolls stuff-up; While the grilled salmon waits ...; Not worth the candle; Injecting rooms: taking a stand; Me and sport; The Olympics; In love with Europe
The more the merrierKids?; Against mandatory sentencing; Trogs, Terrigals and the smashing of crockery; Me and 'the lobby'; The sausage-roll affair; Oops!; Just indictment; The rapist in his cell; The lock-out; What about the workers?; Beating the bastards; Call me a tree hugger; Goody, goody; Better humans than we; Is it 2050 and I am 102?; Hymn to our harbour; What about our rights?; The world's policeman; China panic; To change the country; Bundeena and the honour of it all; Index
Summary Most political memoirs are boring. Bob Carr tears up the rules. He plunges in, beginning with the despair of a young man pining for a political career, convinced he's going nowhere, then vaulting to the exhilaration of a premier who, on one day, saves a vast forest and unveils the country's best curriculum. He lashes himself for ignoring a cry from a prisoner in a cell and for a breach of protocol with a US Supreme Court judge. He considers talking to the leader of a notorious rape gang and celebrates winning power against the odds: a leader without kids or any interest in sport. He describes growing up in a fibro house without sewerage and a 'lousy education' that produced a lifetime appetite for self-learning. He is candid about dealing with the media, dining with royals, working for Kerry Packer. He reveals the secrets he learnt from Neville Wran. He is open about his adulation of Gough Whitlam. Floating above all is Bob Carr's idea of public service in a party, he says, that resembles an old, scarred, barnacled whale. In an era of bland politicians, here's one with personality true to his quirky self. Silence the jet skis! Balance the budget! Liberate the dolphins! Roll out the toll roads! Declare a million hectares of eucalypt wilderness! Be a politician of character. All author proceeds from this book are donated to help the children displaced by the Syrian civil war by funding humanitarian aid through the registered charity Australia for UNHCR
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Subject Carr, Bob.
Politicians -- Australia -- 21st century -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0522873146 (electronic bk.)
9780522873146 (electronic bk.)