Popular Ex-Aussie PM Bob Hawke Dies Aged 89

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Former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke, who once held the record as the world’s fastest beer drinker has died at the age of 89.

The charismatic politician, renowned for his love of beer and cricket, served as PM from 1983 to 1991 and is credited with modernising the Aussie economy.

Bob Hawke was known as a maverick and will be remembered as a “larrikin”* leader – the prime minister who loved a drink and joke, and made serious work look like fun.

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*Larrikin is an Australian English term meaning “a mischievous young person, an uncultivated, rowdy but good hearted person”, or “a person who acts with apparent disregard for social or political conventions”.