|Hon. Bob Hawke|
|23rd Prime Minister of Australia|
11 March 1983 – 20 December 1991
|Preceded by||Malcolm Fraser|
|Succeeded by||Paul Keating|
|Born||9 December 1929
Bordertown, South Australia
|Spouse(s)||Hazel Masterson (m.1956–95)
Blanche d'Alpuget (m. 1995–present)
He was a union leader before he entered parliament in 1980. He became leader only a little while before the 1983 election but he defeated Malcolm Fraser. His government made many changes, like the Whitlam government, but did it more slowly and with more planning. His government moved Labor to the right economically. His leadership was challenged twice by Paul Keating. He lost the second time and retired.
Hawke has been married twice. During office, he was married to Hazel Hawke née Masterson, a respected "first lady". Just before Hawke became prime minister, author Blanche d'Alpuget wrote a biography about him. Hawke married d'Alpuget in 1995.
By July 1990, Hawke had overtaken Malcolm Fraser as the second longest-serving Australian Prime Minister but on 21 December 2004 the record was overtaken by John Howard, making Hawke the third longest serving Prime Minister
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|Prime Ministers of Australia|
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