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Bob Hawke Prime Minister of Australia RIP May 17, 2019

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Bob Hawke, one of the nation’s greatest public figures and a hero of the Australian Labor Party, has died on the eve of an election the former prime minister just one day ago predicted would be won by the party he led for nearly a decade.

The Labor legend died on Thursday surrounded by family in his Sydney home, drawing to a close one of the most substantial chapters in Australian political history. He was 89.

“Today we lost Bob Hawke, a great Australian – many would say the greatest Australian of the post-war era,” his wife, Blanche d’Alpuget, said. She was also his biographer.

Paul Keating, who served as treasurer under Mr Hawke and defeated him in a leadership ballot to become prime minister in 1991, said the death also represented the passing of “a partnership we formed with the Australian people”.


“Bob possessed a moral framework for his important public life, both representing the workers of Australia and more broadly, the country at large,” Mr Keating said on Thursday night.



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