Australia says goodbye to former Prime Minister Bob Hawke in commemoration at the Sydney Opera House

Australia will say goodbye to beloved former Prime Minister Bob Hawke in a state memorial at the Sydney Opera House

  • The service takes place on June 14 at 11:30 am at the Sydney Opera House
  • The event will be broadcast on television and free tickets will be available from 12:00 on May 29
  • Bob Hawke, who is seen as one of Australia's greatest leaders, died at the age of 89

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke is honored during a state memorial ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on 14 June.

The event will be broadcast from 11:30 am and free tickets will be available from May 12 from May 29 through the Opera House website.

Mr. Hawke, praised as one of Australia's greatest leaders, died peacefully at home on May 16, at the age of 89.

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke will be honored on June 14 during a state memorial at the Sydney Opera House. Hawke, praised as one of Australia's greatest leaders, died peacefully at home on May 16, at the age of 89.

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke will be honored on June 14 during a state memorial at the Sydney Opera House. Hawke, praised as one of Australia's greatest leaders, died peacefully at home on May 16, at the age of 89.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he & # 39; was happy that Australians have the chance to say goodbye & # 39 ;.

& # 39; Bob was a political giant and a national icon – it is fitting that a public celebration of his life be held at such an iconic and beloved location in Australia & # 39 ;, said Prime Minister Scott Morrison in a statement on Friday.

& # 39; Bob was a man who understood Australia and the people who call our country home. & # 39;

The event will be broadcast from 11:30 am and free tickets will be available from May 12 from May 29 through the website of the Opera House

The event will be broadcast from 11:30 am and free tickets will be available from May 12 from May 29 through the website of the Opera House

The event will be broadcast from 11:30 am and free tickets will be available from May 12 from May 29 through the website of the Opera House

Former Labor Leader, Bill Shorten, shared his thoughts about his last meeting with Mr. Hawke two days before the federal election.

& # 39; He had the crossword before him because he had a very sharp head and he was his usual generous self, & # 39; said Mr. Shorten.

& # 39; We had a nice conversation. You know that when people pass, they sometimes talk to you before they pass and other times you are not there on time. & # 39;

& # 39; I feel incredibly happy that we have had that time just to talk about politics, life and him. & # 39;

His wife, Blanche d & # 39; Alpuget (photo right) said that the last year of Mr. Hawke's life was both difficult and one of the best times of their life, because of how close they were

His wife, Blanche d & # 39; Alpuget (photo right) said that the last year of Mr. Hawke's life was both difficult and one of the best times of their life, because of how close they were

His wife, Blanche d & # 39; Alpuget (photo right) said that the last year of Mr. Hawke's life was both difficult and one of the best times of their life, because of how close they were

& # 39; The country is poorer for Bob's death & # 39 ;: Tribute comes to Mr. Hawke

& # 39; Today we have lost Bob Hawke, a great Australian – many would say the greatest Australian of the post-war era … Bob was very loved by his family and so many friends and colleagues. We'll miss him. & # 39; – The wife of Bob Hawke, Blanche d & # 39; Alpuget

& # 39; The workers' movement salutes our greatest son. Australians remember everywhere and honor a man who has given so much to the country and people he cared so much about. May he rest in peace. & # 39; – Employment manager Bill Shorten

& # 39; The country is much poorer for the death of Bob Hawke. & # 39; – Former Labor Prime Minister Paul Keating

& # 39; Bob Hawke is a giant of Australian politics … along with Therese and the entire nation, I mourn his death. & # 39; Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

& # 39; A great man who has made this country self-confident. A wonderful man who has never lost his humility. & # 39; – Actor Russell Crowe

& # 39; Vale Bob Hawke, one of our best premiers and Goldstein resident. Condolences to his family, who will grieve for the loss of a great Australian. & # 39; – Liberal Goldstein MP Tim Wilson

& # 39; So pathetic to hear my mate and former voter, and my parents' neighbor, Bob Hawke, has passed away. He was a legend in so many ways. Our love for Blanche and the family. Australia has lost a good guy today. & # 39; – Australian ambassador to the American Joe Hockey

& # 39; Without a doubt, Bob was the greatest peacemaker Australia ever had. And until his very last days, he remained an inspiration and a friend … As a teenager, Bob inspired me, he accompanied me as a prime minister. & # 39; – Former Prime Minister of Labor, Julia Gillard

& # 39; The entire trade union movement mourns the death of Bob Hawke. Medicare. Superannuation. Modern Australia. Union movement hero. & # 39; – ACTU Secretary Sally McManus

& # 39; Goodbye Bob Hawke, a great Australian leader, workman and reformer. Australia is a better place because of him. Lucy and I send our love and condolences to Blanche and his entire family. & # 39; – Former Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

& # 39; All Australians must grieve for someone who has changed our country for the better, because he was always willing to plead his case, even though it meant that he first convinced important people from his own side. & # 39; – Former liberal prime minister Tony Abbott

& # 39; More than any other, Bob Hawke was the prime minister of the people. Australians saw himself in him and he saw himself in us. & # 39; – Victorian Premier, Labor Daniel Daniels

& # 39; Vale Bob Hawke. A giant among PM & # 39; s. He had the courage to save the Franklin River when everything looked lost. He received a World Heritage List from the Daintree Wet Tropics. He introduced Medicare. Legend. You will miss Silver Bodgie. & # 39; – Greens leader Richard Di Natale

& # 39; His attempts to bridge the gap between black and white Australia were always sincere and continued after the end of his prime ministry. & # 39; – Yothu Yindi Foundation chairman Galarrwuy Yunupingu.

His wife Blanche d & # 39; Alpuget said that the last year of Mr. Hawke's life was both difficult and one of the best times of their lives because of how close they were.

& # 39; We were so close and intimate at the time, while I was his main caretaker. And we often said to each other: we are blessed to have this period together, & she said.

& # 39; We did not have the joy of young love. He had that with Hazel. We had the joy of adult love and then the love of old age. & # 39;

Mr. Hawke has been remembered by all sides of politics as a man who has made Australia better, his death coming two days before the federal election. He was Labor's longest working prime minister and had a series of successes during his eight years in office

Mr. Hawke has been remembered by all sides of politics as a man who has made Australia better, his death coming two days before the federal election. He was Labor's longest working prime minister and had a series of successes during his eight years in office

Mr. Hawke has been remembered by all sides of politics as a man who has made Australia better, his death coming two days before the federal election. He was Labor's longest working prime minister and had a series of successes during his eight years in office

Mr. Hawke has been reminded by all sides of politics as a man who has made Australia better.

He was Labor's longest working prime minister and had a series of successes during his eight years in office.

He introduced Medicare in 1984, which became the first affordable and universal health insurance policy in the country.

That same year, he prohibited sex discrimination in the workplace by introducing the Sex Discrimination Act.

Mr. Hawke also took steps to reconcile with native Australians by a treat and by replacing the Department of Aboriginal Affairs was replaced by an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission.

The longest-working Prime Minister of Australia: the life and times of Bob Hawke

Early life

  • Born on December 9, 1929 in Bordertown South Australia.
  • A decade later, his family moved to Perth, after the death of older brother Neil.
  • Attended the Perth Modern School before studying law at the University of Western Australia.
  • Almost died in a motorcycle accident.

Oxford university

  • Took a scholarship for Rhodes, but was only able to have an abortion after his fiancĂ© Hazel Masterton, because it was only accessible to single men.
  • While his research focused on wage determination, he became better acquainted in Oxford with making the Guinness Book of Records for clearing two and a half liters of beer in 12 seconds.

labor unions

  • After returning to Australia and marrying Hazel, he joined the Australian Council of Trade Unions.
  • In 1969, he was ACTU president and the country's best-known politician outside of parliament.

MP against prime minister

  • First attempt to enter parliament in 1963, losing to liberal Hubert Opperman.
  • Elected federal president of the Labor Party in 1973, while also ACTU president.
  • He was prominent in Canberra protests after the governor-general dismissed the Labor Whitlam government in 1975.
  • Imported federal parliament at the 1980 election as an MP for the Wills Victorian seat.
  • Became the Workers Party leader in February 1983, less than a month before the Liberal Fraser government called the elections.
  • Lead the ALP to victory and became prime minister with the campaign slogan Bringing Australia Together.

Performance as a prime minister

  • Opened the economy by floating the dollar and deregulating the financial system.
  • Reduced rates and reformed the tax system.
  • Established Medicare in 1984.
  • Led international efforts to protect Antarctica from mining and to rescue Tasmania's Franklin Dam.
  • Increase of the retirement pension, doubling of the public housing funds and the number of childcare places.
  • Established the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation.
  • Campaign against apartheid in South Africa.

Fall as prime minister

  • At the end of 1998, Hawke and treasurer Paul Keating signed the Kirribilli House pact, where he promised to transfer Mr. Keating after the 1990 elections.
  • He renounced the deal.
  • After a failed attempt, Keating plunged him down in December 1991. It was the first time that Labor had handed out a serving prime minister.

Private life

  • Married to Hazel Masterson in Perth in 1956 and they got divorced in 1995.
  • The couple had four children: Susan, Stephen, Roslyn and Robert.
  • He remarried in 1995 with Blanche d & # 39; Alpuget, the author of his 1982 biography.

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