News | International
24 May 2019 15:36
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > International

    ABC's Barrie Cassidy — who once served as media adviser for Bob Hawke — pays tribute to the late PM

    Insiders host Barrie Cassidy spent five years as media adviser to Bob Hawke, Australia's 23rd prime minister who has died aged 89. Cassidy pays tribute to the late Labor Party legend.


    What did I most admire about Bob Hawke? He abhorred racism. And bigotry. Hated both.

    And whenever he got a whiff of it he would call it out, no matter the consequences and no matter what the focus groups would think.

    That above anything else had a profound impact on me during my four years as his senior press secretary.

    He first displayed his credentials when as ACTU boss he organised the demonstrations against the visiting Springboks in support of action against apartheid.

    That was not popular, but he did it anyway and day and night used the media to make his case.

    Then once prime minister — at CHOGM meetings in The Bahamas in 1985 and Vancouver in 1987 — he enlisted international banker Jim Wolfensohn to organise financial sanctions against South Africa.

    It was all done in secret. Just a few staff and public servants knew what he was up to. The media was kept in the dark for fear it would come to nothing.

    But it worked. And years later the South African foreign minister described the campaign as the "dagger that finally killed apartheid".

    When John Howard in opposition suggested Australia should reduce Asian immigration, Hawke immediately, unhesitatingly, went on the attack in the parliament.

    Beforehand some advisers had warned him that Mr Howard might have public sentiment on his side; that he should proceed with caution. Hawke said to them : "Then tell me what I need to say to turn them around."

    Bob Hawke will always be remembered as the great reformer who together with Paul Keating opened up the economy to the world.

    He should also be remembered for this. When he came to office in 1983, Australia had a school retention rate of just 30 per cent, one of the lowest in the developed world. When he left office eight years later that retention rate was 70 per cent.

    Just imagine how that alone changed the economy and the country.

    To me though he was as John Singleton once described him — an intellectual knockabout; just as at ease with world leaders as he was with punters at the races.

    He was as Aussie as they come. He was so genuinely comfortable with people, and them with him.

    Well played, Bob.

    © 2019 ABC Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved


     Other International News
     24 May: Orphaned Australian children of killed Islamic State fighter Yasin Rizvic being held in Syrian refugee camp
     24 May: The election result wasn't good news for women in Parliament
     24 May: 'You're unallocated!' Making sense of the corporate euphemisms used to mask bad news
     24 May: Eurovision 2019: UK's Michael Rice has last-place score lowered
     24 May: Kyoto police arrest Australian man over black pen graffiti on government sign
     23 May: Quentin Tarantino snaps at reporter over question about Margot Robbie's role in Once Upon A Time In ... Hollywood
     23 May: More than 250 arrested as Indonesia's post-election violence enters second day
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    Blues assistant coach Tana Umaga believes the Crusaders could be galvanised by the extra scrutiny on them this week More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    'You're unallocated!' Making sense of the corporate euphemisms used to mask bad news More...



     Today's News

    Entertainment:
    Chrissy Teigen can't stop gorging on sandwiches at 3am 15:34

    Cricket:
    Cricket World Cup mania has struck London, specifically around the Black Caps barracks 15:27

    Entertainment:
    Moby has shared a shirtless photograph of him and Natalie Portman to prove they once dated 15:04

    Soccer:
    Incoming Wellington Phoenix coach Ufuk ] Talay is in no rush, but knows he must get recruitment right 14:57

    Entertainment:
    Naomi Watts still has to "haul in" her ex-partner Liev Schreiber 14:34

    Law and Order:
    A 42-year-old man is in custody after a run of early morning vehicle thefts and burglaries 14:07

    Entertainment:
    Britney Spears' father wants to extend her conservatorship to three other US states 14:04

    International:
    Orphaned Australian children of killed Islamic State fighter Yasin Rizvic being held in Syrian refugee camp 13:57

    Law and Order:
    Police have arrested a man with a knife on a Christchurch street 13:47

    Entertainment:
    Cardi B wants her own chat show 13:34


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2019 New Zealand City Ltd