Prime Minister Scott Morrison Pays Tribute To Bob Hawke As The Nation Mourns

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"He lived a very full life. A great, full life."

As the news broke last night that former Prime Minister Bob Hawke had died in his Sydney home, aged 89, tributes began flowing in from all over the country and all sides of politics.

Speaking to Fitzy & Wippa this morning, Scott Morrison spoke highly of the Aussie icon.

“Ultimately, Bob Hawke went beyond politics because it was his direct connection with the Australian people that I think everyone will remember best.”

“He had his many achievements and plenty of people will talk about those as they should but I think what people will remember best is just that he was a good bloke.”

The Labor legend led the country from 1983 to 1991, making him the party’s longest-serving Prime Minister.

“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.

“Bob was dearly loved by his family, and so many friends and colleagues. We will miss him.”

Hawke had been battling illness in recent months. His family said he died peacefully at home and a private funeral and a public memorial service will held.

Written By Cassie Crofts