Bob Hawke honoured in federal parliament

Anthony Albanese was one of many who paid tribute to former prime minister Bob Hawke in parliament. (AAP)

Federal politicians have shared their memories and tributes to late prime minister Bob Hawke, who died aged 89 on May 16.


"They knew each other, he and the Australian people ... in Bob Hawke's own words, it was a 'love affair', and indeed, it was." - Prime Minister Scott Morrison

"The music is done now, in the quiet that is fallen, we farewell this giant - a beloved Labor leader, our most popular prime minister. A man who, in so many ways, was Australia amplified. We farewell him, not with sadness, but with gratitude and with love." - Labor leader Anthony Albanese

"I remember being at the Sydney Cricket Ground ... he got the beer and he skolled it, and the crowd just went off. They rose as one - good on you Bob." - Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack

"Australia without Bob feels a little less bright, it feels a little less colourful and a little less interesting. And yet, modern Australia is such a vast, better place for being touched by the existence of Bob Hawke." - Labor deputy leader Richard Marles

"It wasn't just what he achieved that was special, it was also the way he went about it and the impression that Bob Hawke left." - Treasurer Josh Frydenberg

"What no speech can do is bring together the way Bob Hawke would fill a room." - Senior Labor MP Tony Burke

"In the life of (Hawke), we see a love for his country that burned brightly and was returned by his fellow Australians." - Government Senate leader Mathias Cormann

"The nation remains indebted to this remarkable Labor prime minister. We mourn Bob's passing, but we are strengthened by the knowledge that his legacy will endure." - Labor Senate leader Penny Wong

"It was Bob Hawke's leadership on so many issues and particularly on the environment that was inspiring to so many of us." - Greens leader Richard Di Natale

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