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Bob Hawke

Bob Hawke

Birth and Nationality

Bob Hawke is an Australian politician and was the 23rd Prime Minister of Australia. He was born on December 9, 1929 in Bordertown, South Australia. His mother Elie was a teacher, while his father Clem was a Congregationalist minister. Bob’s uncle was his inspiration in entering politics.


Bob Hawke attended Perth Modern School and in University of Western Australia. He finished in the said university Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts major in Economics. He studied at Oxford University and finished Bachelor of Letters in 1956. When he went back to Australia, he went to Australian National University and took up a research scholarship in arbitration law.

Spouse and Children

Hawke wedded Hazel Masterson at Perth Trinity Church on March 1956. They were blessed with three children: Susan, Stephen, and Roslyn.

Political Career

He was elected to the House of Representatives for the electorate of Wills in Melbourne in 1980. In 1983, he became the leader of the Labor party, and won in the March elections of the same year. He became Australia’s longest serving Labor Prime Minister. On December 1991, he retired his position as Prime Minister. Shortly after, he also resigned from the Parliament.

Awards, Appointments, and Recognitions

Honorary Fellow at the University College of Oxford

Honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Western Australia

Joined Australian National University as Adjunct Professor for Pacific Studies and Social Sciences

Member of the Board of Advisers of the Boao Forum for Asia

Types Of Visas

Immigration Info

Australian History

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