Former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke dies aged 89
He served in the role from 1983 to 1991.
Bob Hawke, one of Australia’s longest-serving prime ministers, has died aged 89.
His wife and biographer, Blanche d’Alpuget, said he died on Thursday in their Sydney home and that the nation had lost “a great Australian, many would say the greatest Australian of the post-war era”.
Vale Bob.— Australian Labor (@AustralianLabor) May 16, 2019
We will remember him.
In solidarity, forever.
May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/TyM7ZqS7Jd
Mr Hawke was prime minister from 1983 until 1991.
Bob Hawke was a great Australian who led and served our country with passion, courage, and an intellectual horsepower that made our country stronger.— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) May 16, 2019
He was true to his beliefs in the Labor tradition and defined the politics of his generation and beyond.
He is Australia’s third-longest-serving prime minister and the longest for his centre-left Labor Party.
Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe was among those paying tribute to the former premier, noting, among other achievements, Mr Hawke’s penchant for downing pints of beer in one.
Bob Hawke has died.— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) May 16, 2019
A great man who made this country confident.
A great man who never lost his humility.
Guinness book of records 1954 , 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds.
Trade Union Leader.
Thanks for everything
Crowe tweeted: “Bob Hawke has died. A great man who made this country confident. A great man who never lost his humility.
Guinness book of records 1954, 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds. Rhodes Scholar. Trade Union Leader. Prime Minister.
Statesman. Thanks for everything Mr Hawke.”