Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke dies at 89

Written by on May 16, 2019

Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke and his wife Blanche d'Alpuget arrive at a memorial service in honour of former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam at Sydney's Town Hall
Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke and his wife Blanche d’Alpuget arrive at a memorial service in honour of former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam at Sydney’s Town Hall, November 5, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed

May 16, 2019

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Bob Hawke, one of Australia’s longest serving prime ministers, died on Thursday just days ahead of a federal election, the opposition Labor party said.

Hawke, 89, served from 1983 to 1991 and counted floating the Australian dollar among his crowning achievements.

“With his passing, the labour movement salutes our greatest son… and Australians everywhere remember and honor a man who gave so much to the country and people he cared for so deeply,” Labor leader Bill Shorten said in a statement.

(Reporting by Melanie Burton; Editing by Nick Macfie)

Source: OANN

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