Australian former PM Bob Hawke dies at 89 | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, May 17, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:13 AM, May 17, 2019

Australian former PM Bob Hawke dies at 89

Australia’s longest-serving Labor prime minister Bob Hawke died Thursday aged 89. The son of a preacher, Hawke led his country during the 1980s, a period during which he seduced the nation with his everyman appeal while beginning deregulation of the economy, including floating the dollar.Never voted out by the public, which forgave him his faults, he won four elections on the run beginning in 1983, and only left office following a party room coup.

 

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