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Bob Hawke

  • Australian statesman
  • Born December 9, 1929

Robert James Lee Hawke, (born 9 December 1929) is an Australian former politician who was the 23rd Prime Minister of Australia and the Leader of the Labor Party from 1983 to 1991. He is the longest-serving Labor Party Prime Minister. Hawke was born in South Australia but moved to Western Australia as a child. He attended the University of Western Australia and then went on to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. In 1956, Hawke joined the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) as a research officer.


My point was that the war was intrinsically wrong, and as a result of our participation we haven't improved Australia's security but created a greater danger at home and abroad.




Unless and until something concrete is done about addressing the Israeli-Palestinian issue you won't get a real start on the war against terrorism.




The things which are most important don't always scream the loudest.




There is no doubt that this government and this country are benefiting from the reforms that we brought in the 1980s, and that couldn't have been done without the co-operation of the trade union movement.




I think it is just stupid economics for a government to approach economic management from a strand of thinking regarding unions as enemies.



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