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AustraliaBob Hawke on the America's Cup, booze, love and infidelity

14:05  16 may  2019
14:05  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.

Following the death of Bob Hawke , look back on some of the most memorable quotes from the former prime minister.

This is the interview live on NINE straight after Australia had won the Americas Cup and The Prime Minister Bob Hawke declared any boss who gave a worker

Bob Hawke on the America's Cup, booze, love and infidelity© ABC NEWS Bob Hawke's knack with words made him a favourite with the nation's headline writers. Both popular and a politician, Labor warrior Bob Hawke lived a life marked by success and drama. Explore the life and times of Australia's 23rd prime minister through quotes.

On winning the 1983 America's Cup

Bob Hawke on the America's Cup, booze, love and infidelity© ABC NEWS Bob Hawke was a strong supporter of Alan Bond's attempt to win the Cup. The 1983 America's Cup victory became one of the defining moments of Bob Hawke's time in the Lodge.

He was in Perth when Alan Bond's Australia II broke America's 132-year stranglehold on the Cup, and promptly declared a national holiday.

Bob Hawke: The women behind the man

Bob Hawke: The women behind the man Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke died, aged 89, at the home he shares with second wife Blanche d'Alpuget. 

This live cross from the Channel 9 Today Show to the Royal Perth Yacht Club after the famous "winged keel" won Australia the America ' s cup spawned Bob Hawke '

"Any boss who sacks anyone for not turning up today is a bum", former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke said after the Australia II won the America ' s Cup

Of his famous "bum" quip, Mr Hawke later joked: "I'm very proud of it in one way [and] very disappointed that all the other, many brilliant things I've said are never mentioned.

"What's the most brilliant thing Hawkie ever said? It's the 'bum' one."

For Mr Hawke, the victory was more than a magnificent sporting achievement, but a symbol of a time when Australia came of age.

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.

It was the years of Australia’s America ’ s Cup win, the deregulation of the economy, debates about Queen Elizabeth II and then Australian PM Bob Hawke at the running of the Queen Elizabeth Today’s politicians, Hawke says, “are frightened by people” and Trump is particularly on the nose Hawke ’s was a big life: a Rhodes scholarship mixed with a love of the racetrack, drunken nights with

The 1983 America ' s Cup was the occasion of the first winning challenge to the New York Yacht Club, which had successfully defended the cup over a period of 132 years. An Australian syndicate representing the Royal Perth Yacht Club fielded the Australia II, skippered by John Bertrand

"America was the leading technological nation in the world and this was one of the things I loved — here was little Australia popping up with [winged keel designer] Ben Lexcen's new technology and knocking the buggers off," he said.

On being rolled by Paul Keating

Bob Hawke on the America's Cup, booze, love and infidelity© ABC NEWS Paul Keating snatched the Labor leadership from Bob Hawke in 1991. Bob Hawke's political success and consensus style largely kept his ambitious treasurer Paul Keating in check. The pair combined in their pursuit of economic reform — floating the Australian dollar, dismantling tariffs, and deregulating the banking system.

In 1988, the pair would agree on a pact — known as the Kirribilli agreement — for a leadership transition after the 1990 election.

But continued leadership tension inevitably unravelled their partnership.

In 1991, on his second attempt, Mr Keating successfully challenged Mr Hawke for the Labor leadership and brought an end to the Hawke reign.

'There was no time in my life when there was no Bob Hawke’

'There was no time in my life when there was no Bob Hawke’ 'A giant has fallen'. That’s the sentiment around the country as we stop to remember one of the dominant figures of Australia in the 20th century.

Reminiscing about the America ' s Cup victory 30 years ago Bob Hawke came out with a clanger.

Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke tells a joke at a lunch to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Australia II's America ' s Cup victory.

The speech that came back to haunt him

Mr Hawke went off script when he made this now-infamous campaign pledge.

Twenty years later, he told News Limited newspapers he regretted what was "a silly shorthand thing".

"I should have just said what was in the distributed speech," he said.

What Mr Hawke was meant to say was: "By 1990, no Australian child need live in poverty."

On why he decided to float the Australian dollar

Bob Hawke on the America's Cup, booze, love and infidelity© ABC NEWS The floating of the Australian dollar was a win for Hawke's Labor government. On December 12, 1983, the Hawke government floated the Australian dollar.

Instead of the Reserve Bank, in consultation with the government, determining its value, the international money market would set the exchange rate.

The decision meant the government gained control of its monetary system, and opened up Australia's economy and financial system to international forces.

As RBA governor Glenn Stevens said in a speech marking the 30th anniversary of the float, it was a profound decision — part of a recognition that Australia was part of a wider world, and that we had to reform our own policy and economic frameworks in order to have the sort of prosperity that we wanted as a society.

Hawke’s prophetic warning on ‘worldwide decline’ of democracies

Hawke’s prophetic warning on ‘worldwide decline’ of democracies Commentators worldwide have been warning against the rise of autocracy and the weakness of democratic governments for some time - but Bob Hawke called it before all of them. To commemorate the long-serving former prime minister on the day following his passing, A Current Affair aired an interview between Mr Hawke and host Tracy Grimshaw in 2014. That interview took place after the death of Mr Hawke's Labor predecessor Gough Whitlam. © A Current Affair Five years past, Bob Hawke warned that democratic leadership was in decline.

Former PM Bob Hawke shares a joke with 1983 America ' s Cup winning skipper John Bertrand and syndicate owner Alan Bond on the 30th anniversary of Australia

You'll not find too many former, let alone current heads of government with such talents to entertain the people like Robert James Lee Hawke ! Bob Hawke was

On giving Australia a new national anthem

Bob Hawke on the America's Cup, booze, love and infidelity© ABC NEWS Advance Australia Fair was officially adopted as the Australian national anthem by the Hawke government in 1984. Advance Australia Fair was composed in the late 19th century but it was not until 1984, on the recommendation of the Hawke government, that it was officially adopted as the Australian national anthem.

Gough Whitlam's government started the push for a new national song and it regarded Advance Australia Fair primarily as the national anthem.

But Whitlam's dismissal in 1975 saw the Fraser government reinstate God Save the Queen.

In April 1984, after further debate, including a 1977 referendum, a modified, two-verse version of Advance Australia Fair was proclaimed by the governor-general.

At the same time Mr Hawke declared Australia's sporting colours — green and gold — should be officially recognised as our national colours.

On party plotting — and a journalist's 'stupidity'

"Could I ask you whether you feel a little embarrassed tonight at the blood that is on your hands?"

That is the question interviewer Richard Carleton put to Mr Hawke in their famous encounter in the wake of Bill Hayden's resignation as Labor leader.

Mr Hawke's response was incredulous, but Carleton continued to press the Labor leader, asking: "How do you expect the electorate to believe you were not party to the plotting going on over the past fortnight?"

Hawke ‘man who made modern Australia’ says Beazley

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.

The businessman best known for financing Australia’s 1983 America ’ s Cup win and his role in the nation’s biggest corporate fraud has died in hospital.

In 1983 Prime Minister Bob Hawke attended the America ’ s Cup in Fremantle, Western Australia. In a Nine news interview Hawke , dressed in a similar jacket, said that any employer who sacked a staff member who skipped work on such a day of national festivity was a ‘bum’.

Hawke fired back: 'If it's a question of the electorate having to believe between your stupidity in such a question like that and my integrity I have no doubt where their belief will fall. I had no knowledge of any meeting this morning. I had an indication yesterday that perhaps by the end of this week Mr Hayden may make a decision.

"When I went into that executive this morning I had no knowledge whatsoever that he was making his decision. You can sit there with your silly quizzical face — you've got a reputation right around this country — yeah, it's looking better still — you've got a reputation for your impertinence, your refusal to accept people at their face value, to try and ridicule the integrity of people.

"Now I don't mind my integrity being on the line against yours."

On the responsibilities of power

Bob Hawke on the America's Cup, booze, love and infidelity© ABC NEWS Bob Hawke's mother said she always believed he was destined for great things. From an early age Mr Hawke's family, particularly his mother, believed he was destined to lead the country.

And in 1983, Ellie Hawke's belief that her son would one day become prime minister was proven to be true.

Mr Hawke swept to power on a wave of popular support — the only prime minister elected without having sat in parliament as the leader of the opposition.

His relationship with his father

Mr Hawke described his bond with his father as "remarkable".

"He was a most humble man, the most decent man I've ever met in my life, and he always looked for the best in people to find positives," he said of his father, a congressional minister.

Bob Hawke was 'more than prepared' for death, Blanche d'Alpuget says

Bob Hawke was 'more than prepared' for death, Blanche d'Alpuget says Former prime minister Bob Hawke did not vote in the federal election before his death last week at the age of 89, his wife Blanche d'Alpuget has revealed. "He decided he wasn't going to postal vote. He was going to go up in his wheelchair and vote, but he didn't get there," Ms d'Alpuget tells 7.30 in her first interview since Mr Hawke's death. Given the result of the election, she said it was "probably a good thing that he died when he did". Asked if Mr Hawke knew how much the public loved him, Ms d'Alpuget said: "I think he probably did, but he never spoke about it. "I think he did.

Wearing his famous Aussie Americas Cup coat Bob Hawke , ex Australian Prime Minister, tells Alan Bond, John Bertram and guests at the luncheon celebrating

Bob Hawke was an Australian politician who was the 23rd Prime Minister of Australia. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, life, achievements, works While holding the position, he focused on the betterment of living conditions of workers. He was against with the Vietnam War; but

"And he said something to me that always remained with me. He said if you believe in the fatherhood of God you must necessarily believe in the brotherhood of man, it follows necessarily. And even though I left the church and was not religious, that truth remained with me."

In a happy coincidence, Mr Hawke was elected as prime minister on his father's 85th birthday.

On drinking — and going cold turkey Mr Hawke's capacity for drinking was vast. After all, he entered the world record books upon sinking a yard glass of beer in under 12 seconds during his time at Oxford University.

But while his drinking may have endeared him to a nation with a strong beer culture, it threatened to derail his political ambitions.

In 1980, while still at the ACTU, Mr Hawke decided to give up the grog cold turkey.

"I stopped, and I did it at a time which when I knew it would really test me," he recalled.

"I was at the ACTU still and I used to go each year to Geneva for the month of June which was the annual conference of the ILO [International Labour Organisation] and you know, really worked hard but I also played hard. And I got off a plane at Geneva and my friends were there to see me when I arrived," he said.

"A couple of them said, 'Let's go and have a drink'. I said 'I'm not drinking' and the look of absolute unbelief on their face — but I knew if I could get through that month there I'd be right."

Mr Hawke would take up drinking again in his post-parliament days, but never to the same excess.

On his marriages — and getting away with infidelity

Bob Hawke on the America's Cup, booze, love and infidelity© ABC NEWS Bob Hawke with his wife Blanche d'Alpuget. In 1989, Mr Hawke admitted in a television interview to being unfaithful to his then wife of 33 years, Hazel.

Asked by interviewer Clive Robertson about accusations of being a womaniser and what that meant, Mr Hawke replied:

"They mean that I wasn't faithful to my wife."

Asked if that was true, he replied: "Yes".

Mr Hawke would go on to describe Hazel as an incredible woman, who "understood it was part of a pretty exuberant, volatile character".

He would divorce Hazel in 1995, and marry his biographer Blanche d'Alpuget later that same year.

Years later he would again openly discuss his infidelity in an interview with the ABC's Kerry O'Brien.

He described how it "wasn't easy" to conduct affairs while in public office, but he had "staff and security people and so on who were dedicated to me".


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