“Australia can do more to honour our former prime ministers, remembering the lives and legacies of our national leaders,” Mr Shorten said.
Labor will provide up to $750,000 to buy Bob Hawke’s childhood home in Bordertown, South Australia, and turn it into a museum to commemorate the former prime minister’s life and achievements.
“I’ve spoken to Bob about this — he’s genuinely flattered, and I’m delighted he’s on board,” Bill Shorten said.
Labor’s election commitment would see the house bought and renovated as a museum and gallery to celebrate Mr Hawke’s life and educate Australians about democracy, civics and citizenship.
The Museum of Australian Democracy, which is located at Old Parliament House in Canberra, is the likely agency to manage the property and museum. “I believe Australia can do more to honour our former prime ministers — from all sides of politics — and I hope this idea sparks new interest in remembering the lives and legacies of our national leaders,” Mr Shorten said.
Bob's not dead yet so this presents something of a precedent for Labor.
Here's another house with a full and rich Labor history - 36 St Philips Street Abbotsford.
The more I think about it, the more I think this is a great idea Bill!
Start with the full story of Gillard's renovations paid for by a union slush fund, the one you tried to cover up Bill.