Bob Hawke obituary Labor 2019 federal election
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"What’s needed is a state funeral," wrote Mungo Maccallum on the eve of a Gough Whitlam victory. "Could not Sir Robert Menzies be persuaded to perform one last duty for the party he founded?"

Bugger if Hawkey’s only gone and done it! Anyone who votes Liberal tomorrow is a bum! Would that swing it? What timing. Stupendous. The man was great, whatever great means, but anyone who ever worked with him knew him to be an always-on, all singing, all dancing extravaganza. For his demise to land forty-eight hours before the poll... well, the man went out as he came in.