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Bob Brown On Optimism in Melbourne


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.

In Melbourne, Bob will be introduced by Noni Hazlehurst.

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.


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

Noni Hazlehurst

Noni Hazlehurst is one of Australia’s favourite actors and presenters. The much-loved Playschool presenter, Better Homes and Gardens host, and celebrated film, theatre and TV actress has enjoyed a wide-ranging career. The winner of four AFIs (Little Fish, Waiting At The Royal, Fran and Monkey Grip... Read more


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