Bob Brown led the Australian Greens from the party's foundation in 1992 until April 2012. Bob was elected to the Australian Senate in 1996. He was also the first openly gay member of the Parliament of Australia, and the first openly gay leader of an Australian political party. In 2012 Bob stepped down as Leader of the Australian Greens, and then retired from the Senate. Since then he has continued to campaign on conservation issues across Australia and the world. Bob discusses his life’s work and his new book Planet Earth with fellow environmental advocate Scott Ludlam. Bob’s words are a clear message on the issues facing our planet and his positive approach is an inspiration to us all. 

This recording is available on all major podcast platforms.

Planet Earth is available from Hardie Grant 

Bob Brown (Australian)

Bob Brown

Bob Brown was elected to the Australian Senate in 1996. His resignation as leader of the Australian Greens in 2012 marked his Senate retirement. Bob was involved in establishing the Wilderness Society (1976), Bush Heritage Australia (1990), the Australian Greens (1992) and the Bob Brown Foundation (2012). The foundation promotes action for Earth’s environment, including Tasmania’s wild and threatened Tarkine wilderness. His books include Lake Pedder, Earth, his bestselling memoir Optimism, Green Nomads and Planet Earth.

Scott Ludlam (Australian)

Scott Ludlam

Scott Ludlam is a writer, activist and former Australian Senator representing the Australian Greens. He served in Parliament from 2008-2017, and as Co-Deputy Leader of his party from 2015-2017. He is currently an occasional columnist for The Guardian and The Monthly, and his first book on ecology, technology and politics will be published in 2020.