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Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke dies, aged 89

Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke has died at his home, aged 89.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 05:  Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke skulls a cold beer during day two of the Fifth Test match in the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 5, 2018 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)
Bob Hawke during a Test match earlier this year. Source: Getty

Hawke was the longest serving Labour Prime Minister in Australian history.

A former union leader, Bob Hawke served as Prime Minister from 1983 to 1991.

His wife Blanche said his role in helping end Apartheid in South Africa was among his proudest achievements.

His death comes two days out from the Australian election.

A memorial service will be held in Sydney in coming weeks for the man described as the 'Silver Budgie'. 


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