AustraliaHawke says Shorten has the goods to be PM
Hawke/Keating slam Morrison over economy
Bob Hawke and Paul Keating have written an opinion piece to attack Scott Morrison's claims that Labor cannot manage the economy, calling it a denial of history.
Labor elder Bob Hawke has written an open letter to voters calling on them to vote for Bill Shorten and his team at Saturday's federal election.
"While Bill's political opponents argue his trade union background is a liability for a future prime minister, I consider it an asset, as it was for me," the former Labor prime minister writes.
"It gives him the experience to achieve consensus with business, unions and community-based organisations for the challengers that lie ahead."
'We have lost a favourite son': Bill Shorten pays tribute to Hawke
Labor leader Bill Shorten has paid tribute to Australia’s “favourite son” Bob Hawke, who has today died aged 89.
Mr Hawke was ACTU president before he entered parliament, while Mr Shorten was Victorian secretary of the Australian Workers Union.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been arguing that the Liberal/National coalition should be returned because a vote for Labor would lead to "union control of the government".
On the other side of politics, John Howard - who has been campaigning across the country for local candidates - told The West Australian a Shorten government would be more divisive than the Hawke government.
"Bob Hawke may have risen to greater heights in the union movement than Bill Shorten but Bob Hawke was far less beholden to the unions than Mr Shorten is," he said.
"There is no doubt the unions will be back in charge under Mr Shorten."
We're poorer for Hawke's death: Keating
Australia is much poorer for the death of former Labor prime minister Bob Hawke, says Paul Keating, who was his treasurer and toppled him from leadership. The duo's relationship was tested when each, with a trusted witness, signed the secret Kirribilli House pact in late 1988 where Mr Hawke promised to hand over to Mr Keating after the 1990 election. He reneged and after one failed attempt, Mr Keating toppled him in December 1991. It was the first time Labor had voted out a serving prime minister. But the pair made amends, jointly backing Mr Shorten for Saturday's election.
Mr Hawke, 89, said Mr Shorten's front bench is the best Labor team since the one he led in the 1980s and they were the only party offering stability.
"Over the past six years, the Liberals have had three leaders while Labor has had one, and three treasurers while Labor has had one shadow treasurer," Mr Hawke writes.
"As I said repeatedly when I was prime minister, if you can't govern yourselves, you can't govern the country."
It's Mr Hawke's second entry into the election debate. He joined forces with former treasurer - and foe - Paul Keating to endorse Labor's economic plan earlier in the campaign.
Mr Keating has been vocal since the Labor campaign launch, which included a stinging attack on Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.
On Tuesday, he urged voters in Dickson to put "a stake through his dark political heart".
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Hawke ‘man who made modern Australia’ says Beazley.
Western Australia Governor Kim Beazley has eulogised Bob Hawke as a man who "made modern Australia". The former deputy prime minister, Labor leader and US ambassador spoke to Tracy Grimshaw on A Current Affair. "Last night I could barely put two words together, I was so sad," he said. © A Current Affair Former Labor leader Kim Beazley has praised the late Bob Hawke. "This morning I became elevated because you just saw a wonderful outpouring of appreciation of a really, genuinely great life. "As a friend of Bob's, you had a feeling there's a lot of people who shared your grief.
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