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AustraliaHawke says Shorten has the goods to be PM

23:45  14 may  2019
23:45  14 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Former prime minister Bob Hawke says Bill Shorten 's union experience will be an asset if he Labor is elected at Saturday's federal 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

Hawke says Shorten has the goods to be PM© AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts Former prime minister Bob Hawke said he was a true-blue ridgy-didge Aussie.

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.

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"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."

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Bob Hawke says Bill Shorten has set out a large policy agenda rather than being a "small target" politician. Credit:Labor staff photographer. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has ramped up his accusations that Mr Shorten will succumb to "militant unions" if Labor wins the election this Saturday

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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."

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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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Bob Hawke tributes flow as Bill Shorten and Scott Morrison make final federal election pitches.
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