Ex-Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke dies at 89

AFP

Australia’s 23rd prime minister and Labor Party leader Bob Hawke has died at the age of 89.

In a statement, his wife said he died peacefully at home.

"Today we lost Bob Hawke, a great Australian - many would say the greatest Australian of the post-war era," Blanche d'Alpuget said.

He was the centre-left Labor Party's longest-serving PM and is credited with modernising the economy, establishing Medicare, and championing environmental issues.

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