In 1990, Bob Hawke and his cabinet looked poised to take climate action. But the following year his prime ministership ended.
What if Bob Hawke, hailed as a leader who actually 'got' environmental issues, had never been rolled by Paul Keating? Perhaps the climate policy wars would have turned out differently.
Bob Hawke with ministers and staff at the last cabinet meeting in the old Cabinet Room in 1988.
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No present leader touches Hawke for charisma, popularity or communications skills, even leaving aside the larrikin history.
Beginning of an era: a victorious Bob Hawke at the National Tally Room on March 5, 1983. His prime ministership was an exciting time for an economics student.
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Bob Hawke had a huge influence on Tim Harcourt deciding to become an economist. He looks back on a man who shaped a career, and a nation.
The passing of Bob Hawke has attracted messages of grief and gratitude for his life and work across the political spectrum.
Leigh Sullivan speaks to Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
Bob Hawke at an event in Sydney to celebrate his 88th birthday in 2017.
Most of all, Hawke will be remembered as a reformer — presiding over a set of economic reforms that modernised the Australian economy.
Hawke was Bill Shorten’s mentor.
The death of Bob Hawke at the age of 89 has united politicians across the spectrum, with tributes to his character and contribution to modern Australia.
Former prime minister Bob Hawke has died, age 89.
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From doted-on child to Rhodes Scholar, ACTU president and ultimately prime minister, Robert James Lee Hawke had a significant impact on Australian life.
Eyes on the prize: if the polls are right, Bill Shorten will become the next prime minister. But what kind of prime minister would he be?
The Labor leader's personal popularity is stubbornly low, but this has allowed him to build himself as a team player, and position him well to become Australia's next prime minister.
Happy days: Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in parliament.
Labor has managed more cohesion in recent years because its left and right wings have shifted to common ground - partly through its factions.
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.
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.
Prime Minister Bob Hawke celebrates the final cabinet meeting in Old Parliament House, 1988.
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A new ABC documentary presents a nostalgic but compelling overview of one of Australia's most successful prime ministers.
Malcolm Turnbull: not at all in the middle.
Canberra's attitude to nuclear weapons has always been riddled with contradictions. Homegrown nuclear campaigners winning the Nobel prize have put the cat among the pigeons.
As the opinion polls continue to show the government flagging, Malcolm Turnbull has slid into the ‘beleaguered’ column.
The Australian prime ministership has never been easy, but the most successful tenures have been those in which the person has matched the circumstances.
Lionel Murphy, far right, sits beside Gough Whitlam at a media conference.
The release of the much-awaited papers from the parliamentary archives will lead to new appraisals of Lionel Murphy's life and work – including his alleged misbehaviour.
Wayne Swan has drawn a parallel between the the ALP’s ‘Laborism’ and New Labour’s ‘Third Way’ in the UK.
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 majority of working Australians drive to and from work.
Australians are crying out for political leadership. One way our leaders can redeem themselves is by getting to work on a complete shake-up of how we pay for and use transport infrastructure.
The end game of Tony Abbott’s policy pitches is unknown, but in the interim they seem to be destabilising the party.
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.
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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.
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.
Choosing Cairns or Townsville as a northern Queensland capital would set off a political storm, as would new regional governments around Australia.
Federal politicians and the public like the idea of abolishing the states. But consider the likely result: a more powerful Canberra, with regional governments amounting to glorified shire councils.