Bob Hawke, former Australian prime minister, dead at 89
Known affectionately as "Hawkie," Hawke was Australia's prime minister from 1983 to 1991
His wife Blanche D'Alpuget her husband as "the greatest Australian of the post-war era."
"Bob Hawke and Paul Keating and their Government Modernized the Economy of the Recession-Free Economic Growth and Job Creation," her statement said.
The Rhodes scholar who graduated from Oxford University in 1956, .
In 1983, he became a prime minister and would go on to serve for almost nine years in the country's top job
Famous for his bouffant hair and cheeky sense of humor,
Hawks famously, "Any boss who sacks anyone for not turning up today is a bum. "
Hawke: The Prime Minister " at The Wharf on July 12, 2010 in Sydney, Australia.
But he was also a major e conomic reformer who with his then treasurer Paul Keating
In the end, it was Keating who took his job as a leader of the Labor Party in 1991 coup
In a statement, opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten said that "The Australian people loved Bob Hawke because they knew Bob loved them."
"In Australian politics, there will always be BH and A.H: Before Hawke and After Hawke. After Hawke, we were a different country. A kinder, better, bigger and bolder country, "he said.
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