Articles on Bob Hawke

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Bob Hawke at an event in Sydney to celebrate his 88th birthday in 2017. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Hawke was our larrikin, but also our reformer

Most of all, Hawke will be remembered as a reformer — presiding over a set of economic reforms that modernised the Australian economy.
If Malcolm Turnbull is to draw any comfort from a self-inflicted wound, he might consider the history of leaders who have endured bad polling and prevailed. AAP/Darren England

After 30 Newspoll losses, Turnbull is down, but certainly not out

History warns us to beware of the fickleness of polls taken mid-term, which tend to be a snapshot rather than a deep reading of the electoral mood.
As the opinion polls continue to show the government flagging, Malcolm Turnbull has slid into the ‘beleaguered’ column. AAP/Mick Tsikas

The prime ministership is not terminal – but it needs the right person for the times

The Australian prime ministership has never been easy, but the most successful tenures have been those in which the person has matched the circumstances.
Wayne Swan has drawn a parallel between the the ALP’s ‘Laborism’ and New Labour’s ‘Third Way’ in the UK. Number 10/flickr

Was embracing the market a necessary evil for Labour and Labor?

While both parties may have set out to modernise and renew their ideologies, the ALP's and Labour’s attempts to marry the old and new instead precipitated two separate identity crises.
The end game of Tony Abbott’s policy pitches is unknown, but in the interim they seem to be destabilising the party. Brendan Esposito/AAP

Liberal Party reform becomes the next proxy battle in Abbott versus Turnbull

For his own good, Malcolm Turnbull can’t get out of the country quickly enough. He’s off on Wednesday to the G20 in Germany and, if he has any sense, while he’s abroad he’ll try to avoid being drawn on…
The Hawke Labor government had a strong incentive to seek a new approach to industrial relations when it came to office. National Archives of Australia

Australian politics explainer: the Prices and Incomes Accord

The Prices and Incomes Accord was a series of agreements between Labor and the ACTU where unions would moderate their wage demands in exchange for improvements in the 'social wage'.
Australia must think differently about its relationship with the US under Donald Trump. Reuters/Carlos Barria

The tag is cut: how will the Trump-Turnbull spat damage the alliance?

Australian and American leaders over the years have, from time to time, disagreed or said things to cause embarrassment. But, for the most part, such disagreements have been kept out of the limelight.

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