Through personal references to great works of literature, the lecture will look at the precarious notion of human decency across a number of themes.
These will include an examination of the literature about global warming - the climate change deniers vs the scientific rationalists; 20th Century totalitarianism and the human instinct for warmongering; Primo Levi, Alexander Solzhenitsyn and the 'literature of testimony'; and the question of whether there is cause for hope given the challenges we face in today's world - University of New South Wales
Bob Carr was Premier of New South Wales from 1995 to 2005. He grew up in Maroubra, attended the University of New South Wales, and worked as a journalist for the ABC and The Bulletin before being elected to the New South Wales seat of Maroubra in 1983.
Known for his oratory, for his environmentalism, and for his commitment to schooling and literacy, he launched the Premier’s Reading Challenge in 2001 and currently sits on the board of Dymocks. He is the author of Thoughtlines: Reflections of a Public Man, What Australia Means to Me and My Reading Life.
Former Premier of New South Wales Bob Carr discusses the importance of George Orwell's Politics and the English Language. Carr cites cliched political discourse as a disguise for a politicians real purpose.