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AUSTRALIAN Foreign Minister Bob Carr has been revealed as a long-term source of intelligence to the United States of America in previously secret diplomatic reports released by WikiLeaks today. The reports show Senator Carr began communicating with American diplomats over forty years ago when he was still a rising star in the New South Wales Labor Party. It is understood that American officials approached Carr to gather information regarding internal Labor politics during the mid-1970s, at a time when the left-wing Whitlam government threatened to undermine the US-Australian alliance.
The Honourable Bob Carr Board of Directors Bob Carr is a member of the US Studies Centre Board of Directors. He was a speaker at the 2011 National Summit. Bob Carr is the longest continuously serving Premier in New South Wales history. Born in 1947 he was educated at Matraville High School and the University of New South Wales. He was a journalist with ABC Radio and The Bulletin.
Elected as Member for Maroubra in 1983, he was Minister for Planning and Environment and Minister for Heritage in the Wran and Unsworth Governments. He served as Leader of the Opposition from 1988 until his election as Premier in March 1995. He was re-elected in 1999 and again in March 2003 securing an historic third four-year term. He retired from politics in 2005 after over 10 years as Premier.
During these 10 years the State Government set new records for spending on infrastructure, became the first government in the State's history to retire debt, hosted the world's best Olympics in 2000, achieved the nation's best school literacy levels, and Forbes magazine called Bob Carr a "dragon slayer" for his landmark tort law reforms.
As Premier he introduced the world's first carbon trading scheme and curbed the clearing of native vegetation as anti-greenhouse measures. Today he chairs the Advisory Council of the Climate Institute. He was a member of the International Task Force on Climate Change convened by Tony Blair.
He is also Chair of the Board of the Asbestos Diseases Research Foundation; a member of the Board of the Dymocks Group of Companies, a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Australian Studies at Georgetown University, Washington and a member of the India Council for Sustainable Development.
Bob Carr has received the Fulbright Distinguished Fellow Award Scholarship and the World Conservation Union International Parks Merit Award. He has served as Honorary Scholar of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue. He is the author of Thoughtlines (2002), What Australia Means to Me (2003), and My Reading Life (2008).
These records have technically been available to the public since their transfer to the National Archives seven years ago, however they have been underutilised by historians due to the fact that it was impossible to search the documents electronically.