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Hawke scholarship to honour life of former prime minister

Image: Christian Bowman [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr

The federal government has allocated $5 million to set up a scholarship honouring Australia’s longest-serving Labor prime minister Bob Hawke, who died in Sydney just two days before the election on 18 May.

Prime minister Scott Morrison announced the scholarship on 3 July during a formal condolence speech to parliament, praising Hawke’s achievements as a political reformer.

He said the government would provide $5m to the “existing endowment fund of the General Sir John Monash Foundation to create an annual scholarship known as the Bob Hawke John Monash Scholar”.

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