Australia’s former PM Bob Hawke dies at 89

Former Australian Prime Minister and Labor Party leader Bob Hawke, who dominated Australian politics in the 1980s, has died at the age of 89.

The charismatic politician led the country from 1983 to 1991 and is credited with reforms that modernised the economy.

He remains the longest-serving prime minister of Australia’s centre-left Labor Party.

His wife said in a statement that he died “peacefully at home”.

“Today we lost Bob Hawke, a great Australian – many would say the greatest Australian of the post-war era,” Blanche D’Alpuget said in a statement.

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