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By James Norman

A biography of the individual noticeable by means of many because the sincere face of Australian politics, this intimate exploration of Bob Brown's global information his tough youth, shy struggles with sexuality, look for intimacy, and conversion from conservative state physician to environmental activist and political innovative.

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B, to Brown in his suburban Launceston surgery. The Examiner’s editorial commentary wrote of Brown: ‘He doesn’t expect anything in return for his $1000 investment . . except satisfaction. But he hopes it will make planners stop and think a little more before making decisions that affect the environment . . Bob Brown could be leading the good life on the substantial salary of a doctor . ’ Even at this early stage, Bob Brown was mystifying the press. When Gough Whitlam came to Launceston airport in 1974, he was met by a rather incongruous-looking young doctor in Bob Brown pages 22/4/05 9:20 AM Page 53 The shock of Pedder 53 a three-piece suit holding a placard saying ‘Ban Uranium Sales’.

Bob couldn’t see it then, but help was on its way. Only he would have to travel thousands of kilometres away to the other side of the world in order to find it. Bob Brown pages 22/4/05 9:20 AM Page 39 London Chapter 4 to Liffey T he spirit of revolution and psychedelia was potent in the air in 1970 in England when Bob Brown arrived fresh from Australia as a young doctor, aged 25. It was the breathing space he so desperately needed after the sterile claustrophobic world at Canberra Hospital, and the social isolation and repression he had felt at the University of Sydney.

Only a few metres behind the house the grassland gives way to the wild forest and the razorback rocky outcrops of Drys Bluff. Just a stone’s throw behind the house, the paddock lands disappear into a winding path leading into the heart of the forest, a mix of wet sclerophyll and cool temperate rainforest. This is beautiful regrowth forest, logged back in the early 1900s, with the original rainforest understorey of Pittosporum and forest ferns now re-establishing itself. The wild whites and yellows of flowering Delegatensis, Obliqua and Viminalis stand alongside the towering sassafras, dogwood, white gum, brown top, myrtle and other eucalypt trees.

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