Between 1995 and his retirement in 2005 Bob Carr was the Labor Premier of New South Wales, Australia's most populous state. As well as pioneering private public partnerships in roads, schools and hospitals his government overhauled the literacy performance of the state's school system and introduced a curriculum based on traditional disciplines and academic rigor. In 2003 the government launched the world's first carbon-trading scheme and comprehensively reformed the tort law system, as well as delivering the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The former Premier now advises Macquarie Bank and undertakes other business activities.

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