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How do we judge 'brilliant jerks' like Bob Hawke?

Amanda Vanstone
By Amanda Vanstone
Updated March 3 2022 - 3:54am, first published March 2 2022 - 6:25pm
Prime Minister Bob Hawke with his wife Hazel at the Australian Labor Party's election-night party in 1987. Picture: Getty Images

No doubt the new Bob Hawke biography will be a bestseller. If biography is your reading genre of preference, it would be one to buy. His being judged by many (myself included) to be Australia's greatest Labor prime minister gives reason alone to buy it. I might.


Amanda Vanstone

Amanda Vanstone is a former senator for South Australia, a former Howard government minister, and a former ambassador to Italy. She hosts Counterpoint on ABC Radio National and writes fortnightly for ACM.

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