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Author discussion of Bob Hawke: The Complete Biography
Blanche d'Alpuget (wife of former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke and author) will be discussing her book Bob Hawke: The Complete Biography on 10 December 2019 at Brisbane City Halls' Ithaca Auditorium.

Who was Bob Hawke?
South Australian born Robert (Bob) Hawke was Prime Minister of Australia and Leader of the Labor Party from 1983 to 1991. The former President of the ACTU was also Member of Parliament for Wills from 1980 to 1992. Bob Hawke is often remembered as a beer-drinking larrikin who connected with average Australians. Hawke was also a highly intelligent Rhodes scholar.

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This policy legacy was impressive having facilitated major reforms including:

Floating the Australian dollar
Launching Medicare
Saving Tasmania's Franklin River from damming
Adopting Advance Australia Fair as the national anthem

Blanche d'Alpuget Blanche is Bob Hawke's second wife, who he married in 1995.

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She has written eleven books and won a raft of awards including the PEN Golden Jubilee Award, The Age Novel of the Year Award, the South Australian Premier's Award and the Australasian Prize for Commonwealth Literature for her novels. Mediator: A Biography of Sir Richard Kirby (1977) was published to critical acclaim and Robert J. Hawke: A Biography (1982) was a national bestseller and the winner of several awards. After a long break, Blanche returned to writing with On Longing (2008). Lust was originally published in The Eleven Deadly Sins (1993).

Blanche has also served on a number of boards including the ACT Arts Advisory Council, the Copyright Agency Ltd, the Australian Film Commission and was chair of the Australian Society of Authors.

She is a patron of the Australia China Friendship Society in NSW and the patron of Inala, a Rudolf Steiner organisation catering for people with severe disabilities.

This free event runs from 6pm- 7pm and part of the Lord Mayor's Writers in Residence series.
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Why? In conversation with Blanche d'Alupuget
When: 6pm - 7pm
Where: Brisbane City Hall Auditorium, 64 Adelaide St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
Cost: Free
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