CANBERRA, Australia - Bob Hawke, Australia’s longest-serving Labor Party prime minister, whose charisma and powers of persuasion earned him near-folk hero status among many Australians, died on Thursday, his wife said. He won four terms as prime minister, serving from 1983 to 1991 before being ousted by his own centre-left party when the economy soured. Bob Hawke loved Australia and Australia loved Bob Hawke,” Shorten said. “Today we lost Bob Hawke, a great Australian — many would say the greatest Australian of the post-war era,” d’Alpuget said in a statement. Prime Minister Hawke and his treasurer, then successor, Paul Keating “modernized the Australian economy, paving the way for an unprecedented period of recession-free economic growth and job creation,” she said.
Source: thestar May 16, 2019 10:53 UTC