12 July 2010 Photos and story; Bill Ranken (Ed. MiSociety)
Bob Hawke in form at the launch of ‘Hawke’ authored by his wife Blanche D’Alpuget
The Bob Hawke and Blanche D’Alpuget show can still pull a crowd. Seventy guests, including past and present Labor Ministers both State and Federal and even the Prime Minister herself, The Hon. Julia Guillard, turned up for the official launch of Blanche D’Alpuget’s book about the love of her life the one and only Bob Hawke.
Bob and Blanche both spoke at the launch as did the Prime Minister who described Bob Hawke as her mentor. No doubt Mr Hawke will be on the hustlings for the run up to the elections.
The book launch of ’Hawke’ also bought out Bob Carr, former Premier of NSW and John Brown, Minister for Tourism in the Hawke Government along with Neil Blewett who was Health Minister in Bob’s Cabinet. Others there included Susan Ryan, Craig Knowles, publisher Kevin Wheldon and his wife Glenda, Maxine McHugh and Jana Wendt to mention a few.
Let’s hope Julia gets a few hints on fashion as I’m afraid her ‘power dressing’ style is a bit of a worry. Maria Finlay, the Double Bay fashion icon, was also in the room so perhaps she will be called in for some advice.
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