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AustraliaBob Hawke, Australia's 23rd prime minister, dies aged 89

13:50  16 may  2019
13:50  16 may  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

PM reflects on 'great Australian' Hawke

PM reflects on 'great Australian' Hawke Scott Morrison has reacted to the death of former Labor prime minister Bob Hawke, who he says was a "great Australian" who made the country stronger. "He was true to his beliefs in the Labor tradition and defined the politics of his generation and beyond. "He was the most electorally-successful federal Labor leader in history: the winner of four successive elections and the longest-serving Labor prime minister. "We remember him for his unique capacity to speak to all Australians as one - from everyday battlers to business leaders. His larrikinism was a big part of that.

Robert James Lee Hawke , AC, GCL (born 9 December 1929) is an Australian former politician who was the 23 rd Prime Minister of Australia and the Leader of the Labor Party from 1983 to 1991.

This is a list of Prime Ministers of Australia by age , including when they were born, what age they were when they were appointed prime minister , what age were they when they left the office and the age at which they died , or their current age as of 5 May 2019 if they are still alive.

Bob Hawke, Australia's 23rd prime minister, dies aged 89© ABC News Bob Hawke was Australia's 23rd prime minister.

Bob Hawke, Australia's 23rd prime minister and Labor Party legend, has died at the age of 89.

Mr Hawke led the country and his party from 1983 to 1991, and his contribution to public life helped shape modern Australia.

A great conciliator, Mr Hawke's achievements as prime minister included modernising the economy and integrating it into the global community, establishing Medicare, and championing environmental issues.

He won four federal elections, making him Labor's longest-serving prime minister and Australia's third-longest-serving prime minister behind Robert Menzies and John Howard.

'We have lost a favourite son': Bill Shorten pays tribute to Hawke

'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.

Prime Minister Bob Hawke of Australia addresses a joint meeting of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Source: C-SPAN

Australian Prime Ministers brings together cultural, community and contemporary resources from around the nation for the most complete Bob Hawke became Australia ' s 23 rd prime minister when the Labor Party won office, replacing the Liberal-National Party government led by Malcolm Fraser.

Mr Hawke is survived by his wife and biographer Blanche d'Alpuget, and his three children — Susan, Stephen and Rosslyn.

Ms d'Alpuget released a statement saying "he died peacefully at home" and that his children, stepson Louis, and his grandchildren would hold a private funeral ahead of a memorial service in Sydney in the coming weeks.

"Bob was dearly loved by his family, and so many friends and colleagues," the statement read.

Howard remembers Hawke as 'best' Labor PM

Howard remembers Hawke as 'best' Labor PM Former prime minister John Howard says Bob Hawke, who died on Thursday, brought significant authority to the office of prime minister.

Birthplace. South Australia , Bordertown South Australia , Australia . Age . 89 years old. Birth Sign. Sagittarius. About Bob Hawke . Robert James Lee Hawke AC GCL (born 9 December 1929) is an Australian politician who was the 23 rd Prime Minister of Australia and the Leader of the Labor

Robert James Lee " Bob " Hawke (born 9 December 1929) was the 23 rd Prime Minister of Australia as leader of the Australian Labor Party. He was the third longest serving Prime Minister of Australia . He was a union leader before he entered parliament in 1980.

"We will miss him.

"The golden bowl is broken."

Current Labor leader Bill Shorten tweeted that Mr Hawke was the labour movement's "greatest son".

Bob Hawke, Australia's 23rd prime minister, dies aged 89© ABC News Bob Hawke, Australia's 23rd prime minister and former Labor Party leader, has died at the age of 89.

"Australians everywhere remember and honour a man who gave so much to the country and people he cared for so deeply," he said.

"May he rest in peace."

Mr Hawke's famous political rival, Paul Keating, who took over as prime minister and Labor leader after a 1991 leadership spill, said the pair enjoyed a "great partnership" and "the country is much the poorer for Bob Hawke's passing".

"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 in a statement.

"He understood that imagination was central to policy-making and never lacked the courage to do what had to be done to turn that imagination into reality.

"And that reality was the reformation of Australia's economy and society and its place in the world."

Mr Hawke was too ill to attend the launch of the Labor Party's election campaign earlier this month, but Mr Keating said they had spoken about their support for Mr Shorten at the upcoming election, describing it as their "last collaboration".

"Bob, of course, was hoping for a Labor victory this weekend. His friends too, were hoping he would see this," Mr Keating wrote.

Hawke says Shorten has the goods to be PM.
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. Credit Cards Are Now Offering 0% Interest Until 2020 Find out more on Finder Ad Finder.com.au "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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