On Wednesday, 7 August 2013, the Lowy Institute hosted a debate between Senator The Hon Bob Carr, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, at its headquarters in Bligh Street, Sydney.
The debate was moderated by Dr Michael Fullilove, Executive Director of the Lowy institute. Questions were asked by a panel comprising Rory Medcalf from the Lowy Institute, Paul Kelly from The Australian and Jane Hutcheon from ABC TV.
Following the election of the Abbott Coalition government in September 2013, Bishop remained as Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, and was appointed as Australia's first female Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Bob Carr was Premier of New South Wales from 1995 to 2005. He grew up in Maroubra, attended the University of New South Wales, and worked as a journalist for the ABC and The Bulletin before being elected to the New South Wales seat of Maroubra in 1983.
Known for his oratory, for his environmentalism, and for his commitment to schooling and literacy, he launched the Premier’s Reading Challenge in 2001 and currently sits on the board of Dymocks. He is the author of Thoughtlines: Reflections of a Public Man, What Australia Means to Me and My Reading Life.
Dr. Michael Fullilove
Dr. Michael Fullilove, Program Director for Global Issues at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, has worked as a lawyer, a volunteer in the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor, and an adviser to Prime Minister Paul Keating. Fullilove was a consultant to Frank Lowy AC on the establishment of the Lowy Institute.
Fullilove graduated in international relations and law from the Universities of Sydney and New South Wales, with dual university medals. He also studied as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, where he took a master's degree in international relations and wrote his doctorate on Franklin D. Roosevelt's foreign policy. His dissertation was awarded the annual prize for the best international history thesis in Britain.
Fullilove has published more than fifty articles in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, The Times Literary Supplement, The International Herald Tribune, The Financial Times, The National Interest and Foreign Affairs. He has been quoted in publications such as The Yomiuri Shimbun, The South China Morning Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Economist, and he is a regular commentator for the ABC and CNN. Fullilove's first book, Men and Women of Australia! Our Greatest Modern Speeches, was published by Vintage in 2005.