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Meet Blanche d’Alpuget - Brisbane City Hall

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Ithaca Auditorium

Brisbane City Hall

64 Adelaide Street

Brisbane City, QLD 4000

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To mark Bob Hawke’s extraordinary life and legacy, this master work brings together the story of the man in full in a definitive biography.

Bob Hawke began life as a good Christian boy from a teetotal family, became a wild, drinking, womanising student, a Rhodes Scholar, a champion of workers, a folk hero recognised throughout the country, a dynamic politician who was elected four times as Australia’s Prime Minister – and transformed his country. He was the longest serving Australian Labor Prime Minister and considered by many the greatest.

By the early 1980s Australia was on the road to becoming ‘The poor white trash of Asia’. Hawke as prime minister, with Paul Keating as treasurer, changed all that. Australia became a forward-thinking and humane country whose voice commanded respect on the international stage.

Hawke was an environmentalist before it was fashionable, he loathed racism, helped end apartheid in South Africa, sent ministers to end the war in Cambodia, foresaw that China would become a great world power and established the first Chinese investment in an iron ore mine in Australia.

Join author and his wife, Blanch d’Alpuget as she discusses her book Bob Hawke: The Complete Biography during this special event.

Presented as part of the Lord Mayor's Writers in Residence series.

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