Bob Brown spent 20 years as leader of The Greens and has been involved in politics for most of his life. He has seen successive governments on both sides of the political divide come and go, and fought numerous campaigns championing human rights and fighting for the preservation of the environment. Throughout it all, he has managed to remain upbeat and optimistic. Where does this optimism come from, and how important is a positive outlook for propagating change?
Bob is one of Australia’s most loved and charismatic political figures. His new book Optimism: Reflections on a Life of Action sees him speak for the first time since his retirement from public life. In it he recalls the key events that have left a lasting impression on him, the ideas that have captured his imagination, and his belief in optimism as a powerful agent that can make a real difference.
The Wheeler Centre presents Bob Brown On Optimism at three venues: in Melbourne, Geelong and in our first ever Hobart event. This is a unique opportunity to hear one of the most outspoken politicians in recent history discuss how remaining optimistic in the face of tough challenges is the only realistic way forward.
A state and national award winning journalist with ABC radio and television for over 35 years, Judy Tierney continues to contribute to various programmes despite her ‘retirement’.
Bob Brown resigned as leader of The Greens and from the Australian Senate in June 2012. He led the Australian Greens from the party’s foundation in 1992 until April 2012.