Days before we find out who our next PM is going to be, we have now lost one.
The man who said this on live tv.
When he made "that" speech back in 1983 after Alan Bond’s Australia II beat the US team to win the America’s Cup, most believe it was his most iconic moment as PM.
Bob was the longest-serving Labor Party Prime Minister, the 23rd Prime Minister of Australia from 1983 to 1991 and Leader of the Labor Party at the same time.
Blanche d’Alpuget, Bob Hawke’s wife, confirmed his passing in a statement, saying, quote, "Today we lost Bob Hawke, a great Australian — many would say the greatest Australian of the post-war era. He died peacefully at home at the age of 89 years."
Tributes have been flowing in:
The labour movement salutes our greatest son.— Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) 16 May 2019
Australians everywhere remember and honour a man who gave so much to the country and people he cared for so deeply.
May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/NzKwxW1e4X
Bob Hawke was a great Australian who led and served our country with passion, courage, and an intellectual horsepower that made our country stronger.— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) 16 May 2019
He was true to his beliefs in the Labor tradition and defined the politics of his generation and beyond.
Farewell Bob Hawke a great Australian, Labor leader and reforming Prime Minister. Australia is a better place because of him. Lucy and I send our love and condolences to Blanche and all of his family.— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) 16 May 2019
RIP Bob Hawke, 89.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) 16 May 2019
Immortalised by the Guinness Book of Records in 1954 for sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds.
He was also a great Prime Minister of Australia. pic.twitter.com/BQuIIzfJ9J
Vale #BobHawke So many things to be grateful to him for - not least of all Medicare, protecting world heritage sites and the Franklin dam. The world will be a little bit less larrikin tomorrow - what a pity 🙏🏻 https://t.co/ZwC0vsN8gc— Magda Szubanski AO (@MagdaSzubanski) 16 May 2019
Bob Hawke was the greatest peacetime leader Australia has ever had.— Julia Gillard (@JuliaGillard) 16 May 2019
As a teenager Bob inspired me, as a PM he guided me.
I will miss him. I wish so very much that Bob had been able to see one more election day.
My condolences to Blanche, his children and grandchildren. pic.twitter.com/4wPHdIeBUZ
Statement on the death of The Hon Bob Hawke AC, GCL: pic.twitter.com/M8fzbFlVTE— Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) 16 May 2019
Bob Hawke loved his cricket …. And his beer.— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) 16 May 2019
Vale Hawkie 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/JSB6WY0U0y
Bob Hawke has died.— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) 16 May 2019
A great man who made this country confident.
A great man who never lost his humility.
Guinness book of records 1954 , 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds.
Trade Union Leader.
Thanks for everything
I will always remember him as my Prime Minister back in the 80's, out of all of them, he will always be the one that I will think of fondly.
A memorial service to will be held in Sydney in the next couple of weeks to say goodbye to the man also known as a lovable larrikin, Bob Hawke.
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