My first memories of Bob Hawke came from "The Bob Hawke Drinking Song" which was always on the radio when I was a kid!
Hawkie made this ad for the Australian Army in the 1980s and as a digger at the time I know how proud it made us to have Hawkie speak the way he did.
It's hard to imagine Gillard, Rudd, Turnbull or Shorten bringing the natural gravitas that Hawkie brought.
The last frame of that ad says a lot about Australia - and by extension its leaders just 30 odd years ago, "Army Reserve, They're Doing Something for Australia".
When was the last time you heard a PM promote the idea that people here should be "doing something for Australia"?
No one could ever doubt Bob Hawke's love for Australia - nor his genuine desire to do things for Australia.
That love - and the unionist larrikin - was on show when Alan Bond unbolted the America's Cup!
"You'll have to work a bit harder the next day to make up!"
Good one Hawkie!
Vale Bob Hawke - Australian.
Hawkie might be having a chuckle at this effort from Tony - it'll be doing the current batch of Labor logo wearers' heads in!