Every boss who sleeps an employee because he has been to Bob Hawke's memorial service does not understand what he meant to the country.
Thousands gathered at the Sydney Opera House on Friday to celebrate the life of the Labor leader of the larrikin, who became Australia's third-longest prime minister.
Hawke, who was 89 years old at his home in Sydney on May 16, was a Rhodesian scholar, former trade union boss and world champion beer drinker and skirt hunter.
He was prime minister for only six months when he made his famous statement after Australia II won the America's Cup in 1983: & # 39; Every boss who sleeps on someone because he doesn't appear today is a wanderer. & # 39;
Robert James Lee & # 39; Bob & # 39; Hawke (photo) died Friday at a memorial service at the Sydney Opera House
Aussie icons: Thousands of people gathered on the steps of the Opera House, with the Harbor Bridge in the background to celebrate the life of Australia's third-serving prime minister
Hawke, who was 89 years old at his home in Sydney on May 16, was a Rhodes scholar, a former union boss and a world champion beer drinker and skirt hunter – and one of Australia's most popular PM & # 39; s
The following year, he recorded a 75 percent approval score – the highest ever for an Australian leader.
On Friday he had a 100 percent approval score on the steps of the forecourt of the opera house.
Among those present was Isabel, who did not want to give her last name because she was supposed to be at work.
& # 39; I have a sickie & # 39 ;, said the social worker. & # 39; Hawkey had approved of that.
& # 39; I am here to honor an extraordinary prime minister, one of the best leaders we have ever had who stood up for social justice. & # 39;
Hawke won four labor elections: in 1983, 1984, 1987 and 1990.
The Concert Hall of the Opera House was the site of his first campaign launch that Hawke won under the banner & # 39; Bringing Australia Together & # 39 ;.
On Friday he brought them all back together, including Labor Prime Ministers Keating and Kevin Rudd and liberal prime ministers John Howard, Tony Abbot and Scott Morrison.
But it was in the faces in the forecourt of the Opera House that Hawke & # 39; s love affair with the Australian people could best be explained.
Those who were crammed into the forecourt and watched the service on a big screen, said goodbye to a rock star politician. Crowded House, Sting, Oprah and The Wiggles have all performed here over the years.
His wife, Blanche d & # 39; Alpuget (photo right), said that the last year of Hawke & # 39; s life was both difficult and one of the best times of their life, because of how close they were
Mrs. d & # 39; Alpuget talks about her time with Hawke, including their special final days
Mrs. d & # 39; Alpuget (left) was accompanied on stage by Hawke & # 39; s granddaughter Sophie Taylor-Price (right)
Taylor-Price said one of her youngest memories joined her grandfather at a lecture on climate change, a moment that inspires the rest of her life
The commemoration and stories about Hawke's life turned out to be an emotional affair for one man
Those who still remembered his days in the office listened intently while speakers such as Prime Minister Scott Morrison and former Labor leader Kim Beazley talked about the impact Hawke had on the country.
In addition to attracting many true Labor believers, there were undoubtedly representatives of Howard's fighters and Morrison's silent Australians in the crowd.
Labor voters Bruce and Tanya Morton were from Breakfast Point and were in the front row.
& # 39; I am here because I am firmly convinced that he is the greatest Prime Minister we have ever had & # 39 ;, said Morton (78).
& # 39; His social justice programs were excellent. I greatly admire his ability to be fully inclusive.
& # 39; Everyone likes the fact that he was a man of the people. He had that wonderful way of bringing people together in harmony.
& # 39; His concern for all areas of our society and his ability to harmonize different parts of our society was an extraordinary gift. & # 39;
Hawke also had a famous capacity for alcohol.
As a student in 1954 he went to the Guinness Book of Records by setting up a yard of ale (about 1.4 liters or 2.5 pints) in 11 seconds at the Turf Tavern in Oxford.
& # 39; This achievement was to make me loved by some of my fellow Australians, more than what I have ever achieved & he said in his autobiography.
His widow, with whom he had been married for 24 years, was accompanied by Hawke & # 39; s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren within the service
Hawke's successor and once rival Paul Keating (right) expressed his condolences
Actor Jack Thompson (left) arrives at the Sydney Opera House for the state funeral, just like the former NSW Premiere Bob Carr (right)
Labor voters Bruce and Tanya Morton were from Breakfast Point and were in the front row. & # 39; I am convinced that he is the largest Prime Minister we have ever had & # 39 ;, Morton said
And there was so much more. He created Medicare, sold Qantas and the Commonwealth Bank and stopped the construction of the Franklin Dam in Tasmania.
Economically, Hawke & # 39; s two major achievements were perhaps the driving value of the Australian dollar and the deregulation of the financial sector.
BOB HAWKE & # 39; S RESULTS AS PM
- 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.
He became Labor & # 39; s most electorally successful leader and his most esteemed older statesman. He was the country's favorite naughty old man, beers on the cricket in front of the cameras and munching on cigars.
His popularity was largely based on an image of what was once regarded as a classic Australian man – sport-loving and egalitarian, a guide while holding the dish in the public bar.
He was fallible, admitted some of those shortcomings and sought forgiveness; the country accepted its weaknesses and went on.
Hawke contradicted his image in some ways by regularly crying in public. He cried when he discussed the heroin addiction of his daughter Rosslyn in 1984.
He cried after the massacres of Chinese protesters in Tiananmen Square in 1989 and he cried again when he discussed the pain he had caused his family by running away from first wife Hazel in 1994.
The image of Hawke was abused in some circles when he married his biographer Blanche d & Alpuget, with whom he had a long-running affair, one year after his divorce.
But the public came to accept that relationship and saw the couple grow old together.
Former Labor leader Bill Shorten described Hawke as a personal, festive and national hero
PvdA voter, retired Yvonne Molloy (photo) of Ashfield, had the simplest reason to participate in Friday service: & # 39; I love Bob Hawke. & # 39;
Mrs. Morton told Daily Mail Australia that she agreed with everything her husband had said.
& # 39; I am here to pay homage to probably the best Australian in my life, & # 39; said the 76 year old. & # 39; I think he is a good example of how far the bar should be raised compared to current politicians.
& # 39; He stands out as a beacon about how a prime minister should behave. We all just loved him.
& # 39; We have forgiven him for his sins. We loved him because of his naughtyness.
& # 39; We knew he was a man of the people deep down. He did not speak of lifters and leaners. He did not talk about winners and losers.
& # 39; He spoke about humanity and what was best for humanity. & # 39;
Another Labor voter, Ashfield retired Yvonne Molloy, had the simplest reason to participate in the Friday service: & # 39; I love Bob Hawke. & # 39;
& # 39; I think he was a charismatic politician and a great, very effective prime minister, & # 39; said the 68-year-old.
& # 39; He pulled everyone together and I think that's why everyone is here. & # 39;
Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard said she was terribly sad to miss his memorial today & # 39;
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy arrived at the Sydney Opera House to pay their respects
Physical Therapist Erica Parcio-Cooke (photo) went into the city from Campbelltown
Physical Therapist Erica Parcio-Cooke was from Campbelltown.
& # 39; I suppose I am here to honor such an influential leader and show respect, & # 39; said the 42-year-old. & # 39; Regardless of your political beliefs.
& # 39; He was a prime minister for the people. People really have contact with him. I don't think politicians today connect as well as he does. & # 39;
As for Isabel, who is taking an illness, she hoped that there would be no drama at work on Monday morning.
& # 39; I would take the bag seriously, & # 39; she said. Hawkey would be appalled.
Many of those employed, such as 56-year-old professional pianist Jim Wu, were born in China.
Mr. Wu was a student who lived in Sydney at the time of the protest on Tiananmen Square and threw rocks at the Chinese consulate.
After the massacre, Hawke granted visa extensions to all Chinese students living in Australia.
In the end, around 42,000 Chinese benefited from that program.
& # 39; We always remember that, & # 39; said Wu. & # 39; I think he's the biggest prime minister in Australia's history. & # 39;
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