In his book, ‘Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir’, Gareth Evans looks back over the highs and lows of his public life as a student activist, civil libertarian, law reformer, industry minister, international policymaker, educator and politician. He explains why it is that, despite multiple disappointments, he continues to believe that a safer, saner and more decent world is achievable, and why, for all its frustrations, politics remains an indispensable profession not only for megalomaniacs but idealists.
Professor the Hon. Gareth Evans AC QC
Professor the Hon Gareth Evans, now Chancellor of The Australian National University, was a member of the Australian Parliament for 21 years, and a cabinet minister throughout the Hawke-Keating era. From 1988 to 1996 he served as Foreign Minister. He led the Brussels-based International Crisis Group from 2000 to 2009 and has won many prizes and awards for his contributions to international policymaking. He has written or edited, solely or jointly, twelve other books, including Australia’s Constitution: Time for Change (1983), Australia’s Foreign Relations (1995), The Responsibility to Protect (2008) and Inside the Hawke-Keating Government: A Cabinet Diary (2014).
The Hon. Bob Hawke AC GCL
Robert James Lee ‘Bob’ Hawke was the 23rd Prime Minister of Australia. He graduated in Arts and Law in 1952 from the University of Western Australia, he received the Rhodes scholarship that allowed him to pursue doctorate studies in the University of Oxford and later at the Australian National University. Shortly afterwards he discontinued his studies to be a part of the Australian Council of Trade Unions. He proved his skill as a trade-union official and earned multiple successful settlements for trade unions. He was later elected the leader of the Australian Labor Party and subsequently assumed his position as Prime Minister of Australia in 1983. He remained in office for 8 years after which he resigned from his post as Prime Minister and the party. As Prime Minister he brought about several reforms in the economic, environmental and health sectors. Unified wage policy, tax reforms, less inflation and introduction of Medicare, Landcare policies are part of his initiatives.