Former Australian PM Bob Hawke passes away aged 89
Contributed by NAMPA / Xinhua.
SYDNEY, May 16 (Xinhua) -- Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke died at his Sydney residence on Thursday, aged 89.
A Labor Party politician, Hawke served as prime minister from 1983 to 1991 and is credited for the introduction of Medicare, as well as a range of other transformative modern policies.
"Today we lost Bob Hawke, a great Australian, many would say the greatest Australian of the post-war era," his wife Blanche d'Alpuget said in a statement on Thursday night.
"Bob Hawke and ...