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WorldBob Hawke, former Australian prime minister, dead at 89

13:35  16 may  2019
13:35  16 may  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Bob Hawke , one of Australia 's longest-serving Prime Ministers and a champion of the trade union movement, has died peacefully at the age of 89 .

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News: Bob Hawke , former Australian prime minister , dies age 89 . Everyone from ordinary Australians to former prime ministers have laid their wreaths at the foot of his memory, after it was announced by his wife Blanche d’Alpuget that he had died peacefully tonight.

Known affectionately as "Hawkie," Hawke was Australia's prime minister from 1983 to 1991, winning four elections and becoming the country's third longest-serving leader.

His wife, Blanche D'Alpuget, released a statement on Thursday describing her husband as "the greatest Australian of the post-war era."

"Bob Hawke and Paul Keating and their governments modernised the Australian economy, paving the way for an unprecedented period of recession-free economic growth and job creation," her statement said.

A Rhodes scholar who graduated from Oxford University in 1956, Hawke quickly rose through the ranks of Australia's trade union movement to become the President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions in 1970, according to the Museum of Australian Democracy.

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Labor PM, who served from 1983 to 1991, modernised Australia ’s economy and introduced significant social reforms.

Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke in 2007. (CNN) - Bob Hawke , one of Australia 's longest-serving Prime Ministers and a champion of the trade union movement, has died peacefully at the age of 89 . Known affectionately by his nickname, "Hawkie" was Australia 's prime minister

In 1983, after only being in parliament for three years, he became Australia's prime minister and would go on to serve for almost nine years in the country's top job.

Famous for his bouffant hair and cheeky sense of humor, Hawke reportedly held the world record for skolling a yard of beer in the quickest time when he was a student at Oxford.

When an Australian yacht won the America's Cup in September 1983, Hawke famously declared, "Any boss who sacks anyone for not turning up today is a bum."

But he was also a major economic reformer who with his then-treasurer Paul Keating liberalized the Australian economy, floating the Australian dollar and brought in universal healthcare for all citizens.

In a statement, opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten said that "the Australian people loved Bob Hawke because they knew Bob loved them."

"In Australian history, in Australian politics, there will always be B.H. and A.H: Before Hawke and After Hawke. After Hawke, we were a different country. A kinder, better, bigger and bolder country," he said.

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