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Bob Hawke addressing a Labor Day crowd
Title : Bob Hawke addressing a Labor Day crowd Bob Hawke addressing a Labor Day crowd
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Creator : Scott, Jenny, photographer
Date of creation : 1980
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 239 x 160 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Bob Hawke, Labor spokesman on industrial affairs and ACTU president, emphasises a point as he addresses a crowd at Victoria Square after leading the Labor Day procession down King William Street on Saturday, 11th October 1980.

Born in Bordertown, South Australia in 1929, Robert James Lee ('Bob') Hawke became Prime Minister when the Australian Labor Party won the 1983 general election in a landslide victory. Hawke had been a Member of Parliament for only two years in Parliament and Leader of the Opposition for one month.

In previous years, Hawke was a prominent trade union leader, holding the position of President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions from 1970 to 1980. He was recognised as an effective conciliator, resolving many national industrial disputes, and as such acquired a high national profile. He was elected President of the Australian Labor Party in 1973 and in 1980 was elected a Member of Parliament for the Federal seat of Wills.

Hawke's term as Prime Minister continued until 1991, when Paul Keating successfully challenged his leadership. With 8 and a half years in office, Bob Hawke was Australia's longest-serving Labor Prime Minister. He left politics in February 1992. The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre was established at the University of South Australia in honour of his contribution to the nation.

Related names :

Hawke, Bob, 1929-

Australian Labor Party

Coverage year : 1980
Period : 1980-2000
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :
Anson, Stan. Hawke : an emotional life, Ringwood, Vic. McPhee Gribble, 1992

Blewett, Neal. 'Robert James Lee Hawke', Australian Prime Ministers, Michelle Grattan (ed.), Frenchs Forest, N.S.W. : New Holland, 2000

D'Alpuget, Blanche. Robert J. Hawke, a biography, Ringwood, Vic. : Schwartz/Penguin Books, 1984

Hawke, Bob. The Hawke memoirs, Port Melbourne : William Heinemann Australia, 1994

Mills, Stephen. The Hawke years : the story from the inside, Ringwood, Vic. : Viking, 1993

Internet links :
Australia's Prime Ministers See: Meet a PM: Robert Hawke [National Archives of Australia]

Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre [University of South Australia]

National Museum of Australia: Prime Ministers of Australia See: Bob Hawke

Reporting the nation: 50 years of ABC TV news and current affairs See: Key stories from across the Nation: 1980s: 1983: Bob Hawke leads Labor to Federal victory



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