2016 / Sunday

Bob Brown, forever an optimist

Sofii McKenzie

Bob Brown

Bob Brown

Bob Brown shares his love of Australia and of nature, and his belief in people power.

It’s 3pm on the last day of the Sydney Writers’ Festival and Bob Brown has just taken the stage with public affairs broadcaster and journalist Elle Fanning.

It’s been four years since Mr Brown, 67, announced his retirement from parliament and leader of the Greens. Forty years earlier, a much younger Brown, a practicing GP, was invited by his friend Paul Smith to raft down the Franklin River. It was Smith’s hope it would bring attention to the large hydro-electric development that was threatening both the Franklin and Gordon rivers.