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Key moments in the life and career of Bob Hawke

Bob Hawke led Labor to four election victories. Born in South Australia, he grew in Western Australia and won a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University. In his 20s he worked for the Australian Council of Trade Unions, and became president of the ACTU in 1969. It was a step on his path to the Labor party presidency and then Labor party leader in February 1983. He won the federal election in March that year in a landslide, and was re-elected in 1984,1987 and 1990. Hawke will be remembered for his profound economic and social reforms in Australia, including Medicare. He succumbed to a leadership challenge from Paul Keating, who became prime minister in 1991. Hawke died on 15 May 2019, aged 89.
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