Barry Jones has been a teacher, lawyer, public servant, academic, historian, board member, politician, a Labor Member of the Victorian Parliament 1972-77 and the Commonwealth Parliament 1977-98. He led the successful campaign to abolish the death penalty.
Sleepers, Wake!: Technology and the Future of Work (1982) became an international best seller, read by Deng Xiaoping and Bill Gates. Australia’s longest-serving Minister for Science 1983-90, he was the first politician to draw attention to the existential challenge of climate change/ global warming. He represented Australia in Paris at UNESCO 1991-95 and the World Heritage Committee 1995-96 and has consulted for the OECD. The only person elected to four of Australia’s five learned academies, he became a ‘living national treasure’ in 1997 and was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, the nation’s highest award, in 2014.
What Is To Be Done: Political Engagement and Saving the Planet was published in 2020.