Bob Hawke, Australia’s 23rd prime minister has died at the age of 89.

Mr Hawke led the country and his party from 1983 to 1991, and his contribution to public life helped shape modern Australia.

He won four federal elections, making him Labor’s longest-serving prime minister and Australia’s third-longest-serving prime minister behind Robert Menzies and John Howard.

Mr Hawke is survived by his wife and biographer Blanche d’Alpuget, and his three children — Susan, Stephen and Rosslyn.

“Today we lost Bob Hawke, a great Australian – many would say the greatest Australian of the post-war era,” she said in a statement.

“He died peacefully at home at the age of 89 years.

“I and Bob’s children, Sue, Stephen, Rosslyn and stepson, Louis, and his grandchildren, will hold a private funeral.”

A memorial service will be held in Sydney in coming weeks.

Ms d’Alpuget said “Bob was dearly loved by his family, and so many friends and colleagues. We will miss him.

“The golden bowl is broken.”

Tributes are flowing across social media.

RIP, our condolences to Bob’s family.

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  • RIP Bob, a true icon in Australian politics.


  • RIP Bob, I had a drink for you ;)


  • I’m surprised it wont be a state funeral. The public should be allowed a chance to say their goodbyes.


  • Sad news especially for his family. His legacy will live on though. Long after he retired he said he genuinely loved the Australian people and its this sentiment we are missing in politics today.


  • RIP to an iconic Australian


  • An iconic and memorable leader. Rip.


  • I didn’t live in Australia while he was Prime Minister, but I’ve read so many good things about him. Rest in peace. :-(


  • Rest In Peace Bob Hawke,you will always be remembered as our Prime Minister.


  • May he Rest In Peace


  • Isn’t it weird, when he was prime minister, he was just another politician we loved to complain about. Now he’s dead, everyone says he was one of the best ever! Politicians are only in it for what they can get, they don’t care about Australia or the people that live here!


  • Bob was from the era where politicians were real men and there was none of this in party fighting/takeover crap. He made significant impacts to the country. May he RIP


  • Bob Hawke had a natural charisma and energy that was so engaging,
    Every sympathy to the family.


  • I’ve never heard of his name before, but then I only live since 10yrs in Oz.
    Rest in peace Bob, blessings to his family.


  • R.I.P Bob you were a real great man who really listened to the people and had great fun. Still remember you saying that bosses should the day off to employees for Australia winning the America cup. Sad that you did not live long enough to see the results this weekend. Now you can drink as much as you want and not worry about the effects. You will be missed by most.


  • Condolences to the family – RIP Bob. You were the most liberal of all Labor leaders and your ability to get the unions to agree to the Accord for those years while you were PM stood this country in good stead and helped all. Finally the strikes were over – sadly now your are gone they will come back


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