The man who followed Bob Hawke as prime minister, Paul Keating, gave an account of his memories of working with Hawke.
Mr Keating, Mr Hawke's former long-time treasurer who rolled him for the nation's top job after a 1991 leadership challenge, started by recalling a meeting he had with Mr Hawke about a year ago: "When Bob invited me over to see him the better part of a year ago, he and I were again joining the circle on the great friendship and partnership that drove the longest reform period in the country's history," he said.
"For 8.5 years we were together, and with a great cabinet, we were able to give the country what it formally never had: At least not since the war - policy, creativity, coherence and continuity."
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