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Thursday, 16 May 2019

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NRL legend Phil Gould has paid a touching tribute to former prime minister Bob Hawke in the wake of his recent passing.

One of the most successful Labor leaders in Australian history, Hawke died on Thursday night at the age of 89.

Renowned for his love of all things sport, Hawke was a frequent face among the Australian codes, with a beer never far from hand.

Gould was emotional as he recounted the "wonderful" life of the loved Australian leader and recounted the time the former prime minister went the extra mile to thank him for a fresh bag of coffee.

"He was wonderful man, I had the pleasure of meeting him on a number of occasions," Gould told Macca's Thursday Night Golden Point.

Phil Gould pays tribute to Bob Hawke

"I was a member of the Bonnie Doon gold club in Sydney and he was a member there too. He was often out there with the same group of blokes every week having a game, loved his game of golf. Loved a beer after the game at the clubhouse.

"I remember one special the prime minister of Papua New Guinea called me. I was up there and he gave me two big bags of Papua New Guinea coffee, he said ‘Chief Hawke loves the coffee. Can you take these home for him’. So I took them home and dropped them into the golf club and they rang him and told them to come and get it. And somehow he got my number and rang to thank me and asked me to thank the prime minister of New Guinea. A wonderful man, he never forgot the little man at all.

"It was really sad news tonight. What I noticed was when we first got the news, even young people who weren’t very old when Hawke was around, some won’t even born when was prime minister, going ‘Wow, Bob Hawke’. And I think that was the gravity of which that was felt.

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"He was such a special character in our history, a great prime minister, easily one of the most popular prime ministers of the post-war periods and he’ll be sadly missed.

"He was one of those fellas whose character and charisma transcended the political divide. I think all Australians like Bob Hawke, he just happened to be our prime minister as well."

A memorial service will be held in Sydney in coming weeks. 

NRL legend Phil Gould has paid a touching tribute to former prime minister Bob Hawke in the wake of his recent passing.

One of the most successful Labor leaders in Australian history, Hawke died on Thursday night at the age of 89.

Renowned for his love of all things sport, Hawke was a frequent face among the Australian codes, with a beer never far from hand.

Gould was emotional as he recounted the "wonderful" life of the loved Australian leader and recounted the time the former prime minister went the extra mile to thank him for a fresh bag of coffee.

"He was wonderful man, I had the pleasure of meeting him on a number of occasions," Gould told Macca's Thursday Night Golden Point.

Phil Gould pays tribute to Bob Hawke

"I was a member of the Bonnie Doon gold club in Sydney and he was a member there too. He was often out there with the same group of blokes every week having a game, loved his game of golf. Loved a beer after the game at the clubhouse.

"I remember one special the prime minister of Papua New Guinea called me. I was up there and he gave me two big bags of Papua New Guinea coffee, he said ‘Chief Hawke loves the coffee. Can you take these home for him’. So I took them home and dropped them into the golf club and they rang him and told them to come and get it. And somehow he got my number and rang to thank me and asked me to thank the prime minister of New Guinea. A wonderful man, he never forgot the little man at all.

"It was really sad news tonight. What I noticed was when we first got the news, even young people who weren’t very old when Hawke was around, some won’t even born when was prime minister, going ‘Wow, Bob Hawke’. And I think that was the gravity of which that was felt.

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"He was such a special character in our history, a great prime minister, easily one of the most popular prime ministers of the post-war periods and he’ll be sadly missed.

"He was one of those fellas whose character and charisma transcended the political divide. I think all Australians like Bob Hawke, he just happened to be our prime minister as well."

A memorial service will be held in Sydney in coming weeks. 

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