The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre

Strengthening our democracy. Valuing our diversity. Building our future.

The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, known as the Hawke Centre, is a community-focused centre devoted to generating ideas and solutions to achieve cohesive, sustainable societies. We engage with local and international communities through public learning activities including lectures, seminars, alliances and research projects.


Mary McAleeseThe Hawke Centre is proud to announce that former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese has accepted the role of International Patron of The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre. We thank Mary for her generous support and commitment to the Centre and look forward to a long association with this inspiring leader.



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  • 2015 Nelson Mandela Lecture

    2015 Nelson Mandela Lecture with Hilary Charlesworth

    The Good Citizen of Australia: Human rights and citizenship in the twenty-first century 

    with Professor Hilary Charlesworth

    Thursday 12 November, 6.00pm

  • Hawke EU Centre Annual Lecture

    After the Fall

    After the Fall: content, context and co-creation after the decline of print media

    Wednesday 7 October, 6.00pm

  • The future of higher education in Australia

    The future of higher education in Australia

    Will universities adapt or perish?

    Thursday 13 October, 7.00pm


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