Aug 27, 2014

Rundle: Keating conjures a nude Bob Hawke, political midgets at book launch

An opportunistic Paul Keating has used the launch of former Labor cabinet minister Gareth Evans' new memoir to further his public attack on Bob Hawke's prime ministership.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


Paul Keating has launched a further personal attack on Bob Hawke and his record in government, saying that Hawke had effectively been asleep for five years at the height of his government — from the time in 1984 when it was announced by his wife, Hazel, that his daughter was struggling with a heroin addiction, right up until 1989, when a new round of economic and policy reforms began. Keating — speaking at the launch of Inside the Hawke-Keating Government: A Cabinet Diary, the published diaries of Gareth Evans from 1984-1986 — differed with Evans’ assessment that Hawke had been out of action for no more than a month after the announcement.


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5 thoughts on “Rundle: Keating conjures a nude Bob Hawke, political midgets at book launch

  1. Chris Akkers

    Keating is a man of vision and capacity. Does any such exist in the current Parliament?

  2. Andybob

    Around 1986 Bob wanted to show that he was tough on drugs and, although he had no direct control over Victoria Police, arranged for the local constabulary in his electorate of Wills to stand on police car roofs and drive up and down the laneways of Brunswick and Coburg spotting home grown marijuana plants. Summonses requesting the owner of the plants to present themselves at the local police station to be charged were then delivered.
    This wise and far-sighted policy probably single-handedly prevented the end of civilisation as we know it.

  3. zut alors

    The monk gave the perfect response to the suggestion that Pyne may have a compassionate heart.

  4. Euan J Thomas

    Well to say that Keating is not a good ‘Hater’ is an understatement. He is perhaps one of the giants from that period of politics as he was able to carry the vast bulk of Australian people with him. He can still draw a crowd which say’s something of his legacy. But, I do wish he would lay off old Hawkie.

  5. Elbow Patches

    I prefer Keating to Hawke, but I wish he wouldn’t have a go at Hawke. It’s like when Swan keeps having a go at Rudd. They should zip it. The monks presence at this event seems incongruous given the attack. I’d like to hear Keatings views on present political affairs – that would be of more interest, after all, Malcolm Fraser speaks his mind on the present day.

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