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Famous quote: After the yacht Australia II won the 1983 America's Cup, a jubilant Prime Minister Hawke memorably stated: 'Any boss who sacks a worker for not turning up today is a bum.'Bob Hawke was a popular and iconic Prime Minister and leader of the Australian Labour Party throughout the 1980s, during which he won four elections in a row. In his early years, Hawke had the highest popularity rating of any Prime Minister since the introduction of public opinion polls. Prior to becoming Prime Minister Hawke was a trade union leader and he managed to establish agreement between business and the trade unions in the pursuit of economic growth. He became the only Labour Prime Minister to have been removed by his own party while still in office, when he was successfully challenged by Paul Keating in December 1991.ALP MAIN PHILOSOPHY - Australian Labour Party's (APL) main philosophy is: "We're for a stronger, smarter and fairer Australia.BOB HAWKE PERSONAL BELIEF - Bob Hawke's personal belief was influence by his mum Edith also known as Ellie. She had an almost messianic belief in her son's destiny, and this contributed to his supreme self-confidence throughout his career.POLICIES - As part of its legislative program, the government enacted new versions of older, outdated laws. Most significant were the Industrial Relations Act 1988 (Cth), which replaced the Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1904 (Cth); and the Social Security Act 1991 (Cth) which replaced the Social Security Act 1947 (Cth). Other important legislation enacted during the Hawke era included:•The World Heritage Properties Conservation Act 1983 (Cth), which allowed Commonwealth control over State heritage areas through the use of the external affairs power in the Constitution (this was the Franklin Dam legislation);•The Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth), which made discrimination on the basis of sex...

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