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Bob Brown On Optimism in Hobart


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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.


Judy Tierney

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’. Her broadcast roles have included national correspondent for The 7.30 Report including reporter and presenter positi... Read more

Bob Brown

Bob Brown resigned as leader of the Greens in 2012 and from the Australian Senate in June 2012. Brown led the Australian Greens from the party’s foundation in 1992 until April 2012. In 1978 Bob was appointed director of the Tasmania Wilderness Society and led the campaign to prevent the const... Read more


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