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Bob Hawke

23rd Prime Minister of Australia
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Net worth 2018: $7 Million
Industry: Prime Ministers
Residence: Bordertown
Country: Australian
BirthDay: 9 December 1929
Sigh: Capricorn
Height: 1.73 m
Education: Perth Modern School, 1953 - University of Western Australia, 1955 - University College, Oxford, Australian National University, University of Oxford

Bob Hawke was bornon 9 December 1929 in Bordertown, Australian, is 23rd Prime Minister of Australia. Robert James Lee ‘Bob’ Hawke is an Australian politician who was the 23rd Prime Minister of Australia, and leader of the Australian Labor Party; he was in the office from 1983 to 1991. Following his graduation in Arts and Law from the University of Western Australia, he received the Rhodes scholarship that allowed him to pursue doctorate studies in the University of Oxford and later at the Australian National University. However, shortly afterwards he discontinued his studies to be a part of the Australian Council of Trade Unions. He proved his skill as a trade-union official and earned multiple successful settlements for trade unions. He was later elected the leader of the Australian Labor Party and subsequently assumed his position as Prime Minister of Australia in 1983. He remained in office for 8 years after which he resigned from his post as Prime Minister and the party. As Prime Minister he brought about several reforms in the economic, environmental and health sectors. Unified wage policy, tax reforms, less inflation and introduction of Medicare, Landcare policies are part of his initiatives.


In 2009, he assisted in the setting up of a Centre for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding at the University of South Australia


In his honour, the University of South Australia has established the ‘Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library’ in 1997


After 1996, when John Howard assumed the position of Prime Minister, he became more involved with the works and campaigns of the Labor Party


In 1995, he married Australian writer Blanche d'Alpuget and the couple currently live in Northbridge, Sydney


He appointed Paul Keating as Deputy Prime Minister and in December 1991 Hawke resigned as prime minister and Keating assumed the prime ministership of Australia


In 1989, in a move to improve economic cooperation among the nations of Asia Pacific, he formed the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum that promoted free trade among nations of the region


On 11 March 1983, he was sworn in as the 23rd Prime Minister of Australia


In 1982, he challenged the leadership of Bill Hayden and a ballot followed


As a result of the late 1980s recession, Hawke won the 1990 elections by a very tight margin


Between 1973 and 1978, he also served as the Federal President of the Australian Labor Party


His first appointment as an advocate for the ACTU was in 1959


Soon after Bob Hawke joined the ACTU in 1958, he was in charge of presenting a case for higher wages at the national tribunal


The couple had four children; daughter Susan (born in 1957), son Stephen (born in 1959), daughter Roslyn (born in 1960) and son Robert Jr


In 1956, upon accepting a scholarship that allowed doctoral studies in arbitration law, he joined the Australian National University in Canberra


In 1952, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws


Upon turning 18, he joined the Australian Labor Party, in 1947


Robert James Lee ‘Bob’ Hawke was born on 9 December 1929 at Bordertown in Southern Australia, to congregational minister, Arthur Hawke, and his wife, Edith, who was a schoolteacher

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