Senator for New South Wales
Born and raised in Sydney’s south-eastern suburbs, Bob was the first from his working class family to finish Year 12. He went on to study history at the University of NSW and spent his early working life as a journalist for the ABC and The Bulletin magazine. Bob joined the ALP at aged 15, driven by Labor values early in life. He was elected to the NSW Parliament in 1983 and was NSW Premier from 1995 until 2006.
“Running foreign policy is about protecting our national interest, although by every tenet of diplomatic doctrine that comes first and foremost. It is also about being an exemplary global citizen when it comes to protecting human rights and protecting the world's oceans.”
Bob was appointed to the Senate in 2012 and was immediately given responsibility for Foreign Affairs. He aims to pursue action on climate change as well as encourage peace and diplomacy throughout the world.
Bob lives with his wife, Helena, in Sydney.