|Prime Minister of Australia|
February 9, 1984 - March 28, 1990
|Leader of the Labor Party|
July 16, 1982 - 1990
|Preceded by:||Bill Hayden|
|Succeeded by:||Paul Keating|
|President of the ACTU|
1969 - 1981
December 9 1929, Bordertown, South Australia
Hazel Hawke (1956 - 1992)
Blanche d'Alpuget (1992 -)
University of Western Australia
University College, Oxford
|Occupation:||Politician, Trade Unionist|
Bob Hawke is an australian politician who served as Prime Minister (1984 - 1990).
He led the Labor Party to a landslide victory at the 1984 federal election.
His government greatly reformed the economy of Australia, deregulating the financial sector and reforming the tax system, as well as privatising some state owned industries. He also supported the alliance with the United States.
Australia was hit paricularly hard by the market crash of October 1987, and a sharp recession in 1989-90 followed. Hawke was defeated by John Howard and the National Party in the 1990 federal election.
He remains Labor's longest serving Prime Minister.
Early Political Career
Bob Hawke was sworn in as Prime Minister.
First Term 1984 - 1987
Hawke's first term was dominated by economic reform.