Former PM Bob Hawke passed away yesterday. Whatever else you may have thought of Hawkey, he was certainly an outlier as far as Prime Ministers go. He was a true larrikin and stood out from the usual stuffed suits who have filled that position before and since. Larry Pickering knew him personally and had a lot of time for old Bob. Prior to becoming PM, Bob swore himself off alcohol and claimed he would instead start drinking milk. Larry then penned the above cartoon which captured the moment with his usual irreverent hilarity.
In 2014, he wrote the following story about his time with Bob Hawke and published it on his Facebook page:

BOB THINKS IT LOOKS NICE OUT

So good ol’ Bob Hawke had a predilection for getting his gear off? Hmmm, tell us something we don’t already know. Bob always thought it looked better out after a few beers and the stories are many and quite comical, particularly those emanating from my old drinking hole, the ANU Bar at closing time, which was any time the next day.

At a Canberra Press conference Bob had sworn off alcohol in preparation for his stint as PM and I recall a cartoon I drew the following day: Bob was reading the headlines at breakfast with Hazel and saying, “Bloody hell, I must have been pissed saying something like that!”

As likable as Bob was, he is, and remains still, an alcoholic. But you have to admire his candidness and his dedication to dousing the demon that stood between him and high office.

But Bob was never a nasty drunk, he was funny and adventurous when tanked and how he remains alive is a still a mystery. Often, after Bob had quaffed his 17th beer at the ANU bar, his clothes had disappeared and he was scrambling on to the roof warbling “Solidarity Forever”.

No-one could coax him down except for the members of the local Canberra fire brigade who promised never to disclose the regular incidents, and they never did.

After another late session on the slops, and again without a stitch on, Bob had decided to go swimming in the ANU fish pond. It was a well executed dive but unfortunately the pond was no deeper than six inches and Bob had left half his chest and thighs on the concrete base.

He was a bloody mess but apparently had felt nothing as he conducted an interview on Channel 9 a few hours later, with his eyebrows independently moving up and down in earnest thought.

How times have changed. I can’t imagine the Press ignoring any similar antics performed by PM Abbott. Hmmm.

Whitlam the Complete Opposite

But Whitlam was a different kettle of fish. He was the inscrutable egoist who never duelled with the demon drink and never ventured where we mug lairs go.

He even sued me for drawing a tiny donger on his flabby frame. I always drew Gough covered in band-aids and his donger on the yearly calendar was no exception. But he had claimed the band-aids suggested a social problem and was determined to drain me of $500,000.

He eventually dropped the writ. Apparently Gough was not as keen as Bob to expose exhibit A to a full courtroom.

[Gough actually threatened to sue Larry over that cartoon. Larry couldn’t believe his luck and insisted that if Gough were to sue him for drawing his old fella with a band aid on, he would have to drop his dacks and prove in court that it wasn’t damaged goods. Whitlam declined to proceed and the case was dropped- Ed]

It’s a shame media have lost the art of reporting rough and tumble politics. But to be fair they have recognised the gravity of someone who may have punched a wall some 35 years ago.

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Good movie on ‘Fox Classics’ tonight – “Don’s Party”.

noucg
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Will they put the jumper leads on Bob and try to bring him back to life ,since he failed to win the election for them?

JimJim
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Keating used to refer to Hawke as Old Jellyback.

emkay
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And now if only Keating, Krudd and GilLard & Trumble would follow suit the world would be a better place and Aust would save millions

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And what was it Asia’s greatest post war leader the patrician and brilliant Mr Lee Kwan Yew of Singapore said of Hawke Labors Australia……why he told it as it was /is as so many Australians,observing for, living with, themselves agreed – “Australia will become the trash of Asia”. Yep…. same as our cultural cradle the UK now a bloodbath , rape centre, acid attack world leader esculating NGOs throughout towns and villages and rapid Islamisation and Sharia Law ……. As Marxism /globalism/ third world invades and destroys all before it thanks – not – to our own so called “elite”… Read more »

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Voting shortly – however while taking a quick read of PP my thoughts turn to Labors late PM Hawke – and I could not but help thinking of how he and Keating refused to do anything about the organised crime which controlled Australia’s wharves.,,,,,Nuffin as Shorten would say…… The wharves were part of the Hawke Keating “legacy” to the nation and was dealt with by John Howard and his government in conjunction with Patrick ‘s as Howard and co dealth with all the other deliberate disasters Hawke Keating Labor deliberately inflicted on the country they purported to govern. Imagine our… Read more »

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Just wondering if old mate took 1 for the team.Nah!!!

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My Dad, a small town plumber, loathed Hawke and his union affiliations. When Hawke was president of the ACTU, the old man stated: “That bastard will be prime minister, one day”. Hawke’s treatment of Hazel amounted to domestic violence and abuse. Stories about his conduct, on VIP aircraft, and the filthy names he called Hazel, would shock decent people. No aircrew of the VIP Squadron wanted to crew flights that he was on. KRudd’s disagreement with a flight steward girl was nothing, compared to Hawke’s screaming and ranting. An absolute pig of a man. His abstinence from alcohol did not… Read more »

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Bob wasn’t shy of parading around inside his house in the nude when neighbours small children visited , one I know of asked her Mother that she never had to go back there again for what she had seen looked horrible .
Before Bob became President of the ACTU he used to take up residence on the floor beside the ashtray at Young & Jackson pub in Melbourne 5 nights a week blind drunk .

I would like to know who nominated or how he became President of the ACTU ?

noucg
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In an interview with Bob and Blanche ,Blanche said ”Women always marry under themselves ”,Bob was visibly miffed by this statement ! bet he slept on the couch that night [by his own choosing ]

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noucg
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How did Bob time his death so well ? ,”Whack me now Bill , i told you id help you out one day ”.

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He was just another drunken, adulterous one of Lenin’s useful idiots who never worked a day in his life at a real job. He was proud of that and actually boasted of it.

noucg
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Now all those Emotive types pining for Hawkey, who were going to change their Vote ,will go back to Shorten !!! he could be a New Age Hawkey ! A True Believer in Taxing the Hell out of the peasants, and making Australia into a good little Socialist hell hole ,beholden to the Marxist U.N ! a True Believer !!!

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The Nation’s Credit: Senator Richard Darcey, 1941 ( ALP, Tasmania) . “…………………On one occasion I told honourable senators that the people who sent us here are under the impression that the 111 members of Parliament in Canberra comprise a national government engaged in the task of ruling Australia. I have told the people repeatedly that their assumption is entirely wrong and that Australia is governed by the associated banks. . Under the present system no government, can carry on its functions except by continuing the policy of borrowing. The only way to pay the ever-increasing interest bill is by borrowing… Read more »

Rinaldo
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“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary” (H.L Mencken).

Billy B
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His religious convictions have grown deeper and more extreme in the past two years and he is no longer willing to follow anyone’s direction but his God’s. – writes one commentator, shows just how similar Christian and muzzie morons are.

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shorten is not assured of a victory today . The msm (85% of whom are idiots) think they are running the show & want him to win . Don’t give up , prove them wrong .