My heart’s breaking tonight.
Hawke formed his first government just a month after I was born - 1983.
Growing up, he was -the- prime minister. He was the man on the television and the newspapers.He was not one of the Prime Ministers, he was the image that popped into my head when that phrase was mentioned.
I first met him here, aged 7.
He asked what me: “what school do you go to?”. I told him, he said that that’s a good school.
He asked me who my principal was. I told him and he said; they’re a good principal.
I only realised when I was 21 that Bob didn’t know the principal, or the school.
But the personal touch that Bob had with every Australian - meant that I believed him.
He was a legend not only of the Labor party, but of modern Australia. He welcomed migrants, he reformed the economy and he was a shining light on our politics for a generation.
I’ll miss him greatly.