May 08, 2018

Bob Hawke, 88, admitted to hospital in Sydney

Former prime minister Bob Hawke has been admitted to Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney.

Mr Hawke will be undergoing some minor tests, a spokesperson said. Reports he had suffered a stroke or had pneumonia were denied. Mr Hawke was experiencing nothing more than a case of “the wobbles”, the spokesperson said.

No more is known of Mr Hawke’s condition, other than he cancelled dinner plan on the weekend because he was not feeling up to it.

Mr Hawke turned 88 last December.

Australia’s most electorally successful Labor leader

Mr Hawke is the most electorally successful Labor leader in Australian history. Australia’s 23rd prime minister, he held office from 1983 until 1991, and led Labor to four federal election victories.

He began his career as a union official.

Mr Hawke’s greatest political achievement was creating Medicare, forming APEC, and introducing a universal superannuation scheme.

He remains actively involved in Labor politics, having flown to Western Australia only last week to watch former Labor leader Kim Beazley be sworn in as Governor of Western Australia. He attended the event in a wheelchair, carrying a walking stick.

Previous brushes with serious illness

Mr Hawke has had other brushes with serious illness. In 2011 he was hospitalised with severe pneumonia. In 2015 he nearly died from an illness he contracted in the Middle East.

Mr Hawke’s wife, Blanche d’Alpuget, told The Daily Telegraph last night her husband was “ok”.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Aged care worker Brittany celebrates International Nurses Day with special connection

For Brittany Carver, International Nurses Day holds special significance, and not just because she is a Personal Care Assistant herself. Read More

Whistleblowers come forward after 83 year old woman is severely injured during hospital visit

Reports from two whistleblowers have said that and 83 year old woman living with dementia's injuries have not come from a fall alone as originally claimed. Read More

A tale of two (older) ballet dancers

  Back when I was a teenager, one of the pop songs that swayed us was Nat King Cole’s rendition of “Dance, Ballerina, Dance”. Both then and now, however, the length of time in which ballerinas can actually do that is – typically – constrained by the vicissitudes on the body by this tough profession.... Read More
Advertisement