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Bob Carr


Throughout his 18 months as foreign minister of Australia, Bob Carr kept a diary. Chronicling the tumultuous events of his time in office, this personal journal has now been published as a book, Diary of a Foreign Minister.

While he was negotiating Australia’s bid for a UN Security Council seat, dealing with the war in Syria and meeting with officials throughout Asia, the Labor Party was in turmoil. What was really going on during Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard’s bids for the leadership? How could the party possibly recover in time for the next election? And what is it like to be the foreign minister?

Already the subject of much gossip and discussion, Bob Carr’s intimate memoir gives an unparalleled insight into the culture of government and the work of a foreign minister. Fifth Estate host Sally Warhaft sits down with the former statesman for a frank and revealing glimpse into the world of international and local politics, straight from the source.

The Fifth Estate

For the last two years, anthropologist and broadcaster Sally Warhaft has been the Wheeler Centre’s in-house news anchor. Her fortnightly live interview series continues in 2014 as she reacts to the latest stories whipping up a storm in the media.

Every second Tuesday, Sally hosts a dizzying array of guests from the political and cultural world, in a witty and revealing analysis of current affairs. Topical guests are announced in the weeks prior to the events – check the series page for updates.


Bob Carr

Bob Carr is a former premier of New South Wales and a former senator, serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs from March 2012 to September 2013. He is the author of My Reading Life (2008) and Thoughtlines (2002). His most recent book is Diary of a Foreign Minister (2014). ... Read more

Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians’ lives in the fog of ... Read more


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