Australia's Longest Serving Labor PM Bob Hawke Dies At 89

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From negotiating with Frank Sinatra to make sure the crooner’s 1974 Sydney concert events went forward to shedding tears over bloodshed in Beijing’s Tiananmen Sq., Bob Hawke was an enormous presence on Australia’s political panorama.

“Today we lost Bob Hawke, a great Australian – many would say the greatest Australian of the post-war era,” his second spouse Blanche d’Alpuget mentioned in a press release.

Australia’s longest-serving Labor prime minister Bob Hawke died Thursday aged 89.

“He died peacefully at home.”

From negotiating with Frank Sinatra to make sure the crooner’s 1974 Sydney concert events went forward to shedding tears over bloodshed in Beijing’s Tiananmen Sq., Hawke was an enormous presence on Australia’s political panorama.

The son of a preacher, Hawke led his nation throughout the 1980s, a interval throughout which he seduced the nation along with his everyman attraction whereas starting deregulation of the economic system, together with floating the greenback.

By no means voted out by the general public, which forgave him his faults, he gained 4 elections on the run starting in 1983, and solely left workplace following a celebration room coup.

His dying comes days earlier than Australians go to the polls.

To many he was a quintessential Australian “larrikin” – a beloved rogue.

The Labor occasion posted a tribute on Twitter to certainly one of their most fondly-remembered characters.

“Vale Bob. We will remember him. In solidarity, forever. May he rest in peace.”