State memorial service announced for late PM Bob Hawke

A STATE memorial service has been announced for Australia’s late former Prime Minister Bob Hawke.

It’ll be held at the Sydney Opera House from 11.30am on Friday, June 14 and will be open to the public.

The former prime minister passed away peacefully in his sleep at his Sydney home last Thursday May 16 – two days before the federal election. He was 89.


Those wanting to attend the service will be able to secure complimentary tickets from midday next Wednesday, 29 May via the Sydney Opera House website.

The service will also be screened on the stairs of the Opera House Forecourt, and will be televised on ABC.

In a statement, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Bob was a “political giant and a national icon”.

“It is fitting that a public celebration of his life will be held at such an iconic and beloved Australian venue,” he said.

“Bob was a man who understood Australia and the people who call our country home.

“I am pleased Australians will have the chance to say farewell.”

Mr Hawke was Australia’s 23rd prime minister and third-longest serving leader.