Vale Hawkey Will have a beer for ya. [ATTACH] Robert James Lee...

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    Vale Hawkey

    Will have a beer for ya.


    Robert James Lee Hawke had a streak of larrikinism that endeared him to many Australians

    Troy Bramston

    When Bob Hawke was elected president of the ACTU in 1969, he was already the best known person in Australia. But Hawke wasn’t just popular — he was one of the most influential, and powerful, people in the country. In the 70s, he garnered immense authority due to his ability to resolve industrial disputes. As prime minister in the 80s, he cast himself as a consensus leader who could unite Australians behind his government’s ambitious reform program. His great skill was to keep his party united and maintain strong voter support while fundamentally restructuring the Australian economy.
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