An auction of Bob Kawke's items included several hideous objects given to him by overseas governments, bits of furniture from the house, and many truly terrible Icelandic paintings.
To be young and left during the rise of Bob Hawke was to be in heaven. But now, looking back, we can see he marked a time when Labor began its backwards steps.
There are the two realities that Abbott forever inhabits — the messianic protector of Western civilisation, and Australia's great clanging embarrassment.
You can divide Australian life into before Bob and after Bob. He was a unique politician who, with Paul Keating, created modern Australia.
Good morning, early birds. Political leaders across the spectrum have mourned the loss of Labor legend Bob Hawke, and the major parties make their final pitch to voters amid news of late Coalition cuts. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.
Anthony Albanese recently announced that he and his wife of 30 years, Carmel Tebbutt, had split. No drama. No media chase. This kind of simple and erudite statement is far too rare in Australian politics.
No Liberal leader has ever looked natural while drinking a beer. Meanwhile, Labor has known the visual language of beer in every era and election.
Will they be opportunistic? Of course. Will they also be cringe-worthy? Almost certainly.
Barnaby Joyce is hardly the first person to profit from a paid interview in Australia.
Good morning, early birds. Rumours of Bob Hawke’s ill health may be greatly exaggerated. Plus, we have the last of the leaks ahead of tonight’s budget. It’s the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.