The debacle of Bob Carr's diary

By The Canberra Times
Updated April 23 2018 - 8:56pm, first published April 10 2014 - 7:46pm

In his 30 years in public office, Bob Carr was never an easy politician to pigeon-hole. The former journalist turned NSW Premier affected the mien and bearing of an academic or intellectual, but was a superb courtier of the media and of the NSW electorate. The reforms and causes he championed, nature conservation and tort reform among others, were not populist in any sense, but he became NSW’s longest-serving premier, exiting with dignity and reputation intact. He disdained sport, but could “flick the switch to vaudeville’’ when necessary, and with a certain elan. He was an inveterate diarist, too – not ponderous as one might have expected but gossipy, and much given to name-dropping and cultural references of the more refined kind.

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