'Our Greatest Son': Australia Mourns Labor Icon Bob Hawke
Tributes are flowing for Bob Hawke, who is being remembered as "a man who gave so much to the country and people he cared for so deeply."
The Labor icon died peacefully at home on Thursday, age 89.
In a statement, Opposition leader Bill Shorten described Hawke as a "man who gave so much to the country and people he cared for so deeply".
"Bob Hawke loved Australia and Australia loved Bob Hawke," he said in a later press conference.
"But his legacy will endure."
"Bob Hawke changed Australia for the better. He brought people together, he brought Australia together, he modernised our economy, he transformed our society, he protected our environment," Shorten continued.
"We'll miss him a great deal. May he rest in peace."
Former Prime Minister Paul Keating said Australia was "much the poorer for Bob Hawke's passing".
"With Bob Hawke's passing today, the great partnership I enjoyed with him passes too," he said in a statement.
"A partnership we forged with the Australian people."
Keating paid tribute to Hawke's imagination, courage, and his "reformation of Australia's economy and society", describing him as possessing the "moral framework for his important public life".
"No one will miss Bob more than his wife, Blanche, who very sweetly attended his every need, particularly in these later years," Keating continued.
"His children, Susan, Stephen and Rosslyn loved their father and were deeply committed to the precepts of public life.
"Bob's death will be an enormous loss to them and their children, of whom he was eternally proud.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison paid tribute to Hawke's "larrikin wit", calling him "Labor's greatest Prime Minister".
"His achievements will be spoken of in the days ahead, but the thing Australians will remember most about him was the bloke," Morrison said from the tarmac at Brisbane Airport, an umbrella held up to the rain.
"He made Australia stronger through his contribution to public life. He had a great intellect. He had enormous passion and he had courage."
Morrison said Hawke's ability to connect with everyday Australians is what the nation will most remember.
"Bob lived a full life. He lived a rich life and in his life he blessed many others and for that, I think, as Australians, we can give him great thanks," Morrison said.
The PM also referenced Hawke changing of the national anthem to 'Advance Australia Fair' in 1984.
"I think we can all say as Australians, that we rejoice in the life of Bob Hawke. We thank him for his service to our nation and we pray now that he rest in peace."
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