On Thursday 18 September, almost 200 people came together to celebrate the brilliant Carr-Era, more than 40 years of service to the party and its people. The event was hosted by John Robertson, Leader of the Opposition and Senator Sam Dastyari.
Bob Carr joined the Australian Labor Party as a 15 year old boy in 1963. He went on to become NSW Leader of the Opposition for 7 years until finally becoming the Premier in 1995, and New South Wales’ longest serving one. After retiring, he came back as a Senator in the Federal Parliament and represented Australia on the global stage as a first class Foreign Affairs Minister.
There were a number of politicians including Senator Deborah O’Neill, Ernest Wong MLC, Cherie Burton MP, Kaila Murnain NSW Labor Assistant General Secretary; (former politicians/colleagues) John Della Bosca, Henry Tsang, David Campbell, Sandra Nori, Reba Meagher and Bob Ellis. Dignitaries included Izzat Abdulhadi (Ambassador of the State of Palestine), and Arvinder Singh Ranga Indian Consul. It was great to also have Mayor of Auburn Hicham Zreika as well as some of the outstanding candidates in the upcoming State election: Clr Julia Finn (Granville); Ryan Tracey (Baulkham Hills) ad Jihad Dib (Lakemba).
The crowd was diverse and a marvellous mix of former colleagues, politicians, dignitaries, personal friends of Bob’s, friends from Unions NSW and Transport Workers Union, Irish friends of Labor, Arabic friends of Labor and Chinese Friends of Labor.
Mr. Zia Ahmad the Managing Editor of Australasian MusIim Times, and Mrs Mehar Ahmad President of Australian MEFF Consortium, organisers of the Multicultural Eid Festival & Fair made a special presentation to Bob Carr. When AMUST was launched more than 20 years ago, Bob Carr was one of the first politicians to subscribe to AMUST back in 1991. At that time he was the NSW Leader of the Opposition and also wrote a special message for the Multicultural Eid Festival and Fair, which appeared on the front page of the paper on 2 April 1993. Having dug out the old issue of AMUST dated Fri 2 April 1993 and together with the front page of the current issue of AMUST, Zia and Mehar a framed copy to Bob. Mehar read out the message which showed how his words on multiculturalism are still so important and relevant today.
Bob Carr thanked Mr Zia and Mrs Mehar and also spoke in detail on the Palestine issue and how important it is for Australians to do the right thing at the right time and stand up and speak out on issues that go to the heart of this Multicultural nation.