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Farewell to Bob Hawke

 

June 2019

Mr Hawke who was Labor’s longest-serving PM (nearly nine years) was one of the most popular political leaders ever in Australia. This applied to the Greek community which had demonstrated in great numbers, its support to Mr Hawke.

Mr Hawke as the president of the ACTU, along with the then Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, had received in autumn of 1974 the then resistance leader against the Greek military junta, Andreas Papandreou. The two met again in the mid eighties in Athens, both of them Prime Ministers by then.

He entered parliament in 1980, winning the seat of Wills, which had many Greek-origin constituents and quite a few of them took part in his election campaign. He served as Prime minister from 1983 till 1991.

Mr Hawke died peacefully at his Sydney home on 16 May, his wife Blanche d’Alpuget said in a statement.

"We lost Bob Hawke, a great Australian - many would say the greatest Australian of the post-war era," she said.

"Bob Hawke and Paul Keating and their governments modernised the Australian economy, paving the way for an unprecedented period of recession-free economic growth and job creation."

Bob Hawke visited the Greek Community of Adelaide on a number of occasions during his Prime Ministership.

According to former General Secretary Vagelis Bogias, Hawke was received by the community at GOCSA’s Child centre on South Road where he planted a eucalyptus tree and on other occasions he visited the Ridleyton Greek Home for Aged as well as the Olympic Hall in Franklin where he was greeted by hundreds of young Greek Australians taking part in a Greek Dance in 1991.

A memorial service for Australia’s 23rd prime minister will be held at the Sydney Opera House on in Sydney on 14 June.

 

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