Australia: A Felled Hawke

A Felled Hawke

For Prime Minister Bob Hawke, it finally came down to the numbers. Last Wednesday newly released opinion polls showed not only that his Labor Party trailed the conservative opposition, 31% to 52%, but also that his own approval rating was a slim 26% -- down from a 1983 high of 75%. The next day, bowing to party pressure, Hawke put his job up for grabs, and lost it by a vote of 56-51 to the party's former treasurer, Paul Keating.

Thus ended Hawke's unbroken tenure of eight years and nine months at the % helm, the longest stint by a Labor...

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