Speakers Profile - The Hon. Robert J.L. Hawke, AC

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Bob Hawke was born in 1929 at Bordertown, South Australia. Western Australia's Rhodes Scholar of 1953 he also studied at Oxford University from 1953 to 1955, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Letters.

Mr Hawke joined the Australian Labor Party (ALP) in 1947 and after being ACTU President from 1970 – 1980 he was elected President of the ALP for the period 1973-1978. In 1980 he was elected to the Federal parliament, and in February 1983 became the Leader of the Opposition.

He led the Labor Party to victory in the general election in March 1983 and, in winning three successive elections, became Australia's longest serving Labor Prime Minister.

He ceased to be Prime Minister in December 1991 and resigned from the Parliament in February 1992.

In August 1994 he published The Hawke Memoirs. Current honorary positions include: Chairman of the Committee of Experts on Membership of the Education International; Chairman of the Sydney City Mission Fundraising Task Force and Patron, Engineering Aid.

Mr Hawke is also engaged in business consulting work.