Bob Hawke and his Government



Latest Update: 26 November, 2020

The safety of our attendees, speakers and staff is our chief priority. For this reason, our Kerry Packer Civic Gallery is closed until the end of the year, re-opening 6 January 2021. 

We appreciate your understanding and patience in these ongoing challenging times. 

Please take care,

Jacinta Thompson
Executive Director & Events and Exhibitions Producer
The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, UniSA

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre

An informative exhibition tracking the paradigm shift in Australian values, policies, and international relations pursued by the Hawke government. From educational access, to Aboriginal advancement, to anti-sex discrimination, to Medicare, to the saving of the Franklin River and Kakadu, to the lifting of trade barriers and the vital furthering of the China relationship, the re-shaping of Australia is embedded in the history of this government.

Currently the exhibition also includes and exploration of Australia's industrial relations from the colonial period to the present day, with a focus on Hawke’s impact on industrial relations in Australia through his work at the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and as Prime Minister of Australia.

The special connection to our State lies in the fact that Bob Hawke was the only Prime Minister to have been born in South Australia, and the exhibition content has drawn upon the expertise and collections of The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library in Adelaide.

The exhibition was originally showcased in 2012, as part of South Australia's History Festival, marking the University of South Australia's 21st birthday and the 21st year since Bob Hawke ceased to be Prime Minister.

Images: Hero Image: Bob Hawke, Copyright unknown; Above, Top Left: Bob Hawke, Image credit: Randy Larcombe, Top Right: Bob Hawke celebrating the America's Cup victory, Reproduced with permission from Newspix/News Ltd, Bottom Left: Bob Hawke talks to workers during a visit to a Toyota factory, Melbourne - 1991, Bottom Right:  Photo of exhibition   


While the views presented by speakers within The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre public program are their own and are not necessarily those of either the University of South Australia or The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, they are presented in the interest of open debate and discussion in the community and reflect our themes of: Strengthening our Democracy - Valuing our Diversity - Building our Future.

The copying and reproduction of any transcripts within The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre public program is strictly forbidden without prior arrangements.