Bob Hawke and UniSA
"Knowledge is the antidote to fear and prejudice and it is the indispensable
basis of good policy-making and of a cohesive community"
The Late Honourable Robert James Lee Hawke, AC, GCL, at the establishment of the Hawke Centre
Named after Bob Hawke, a third generation South Australian and one of the twentieth century’s most notable prime ministers (1983–91), The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre was established by Memorandum of Understanding in December 1997 with a target to establish an active public program, a research institute and a library in purpose-built facilities. On that occasion Bob Hawke remarked:
I will do all I can to help make the Centre an institution of which we can all be proud, not as a memorial to an individual, but as another small but important bridge to understanding, compassion, and good policy.
The Late Bob Hawke delivered the first Annual Hawke Lecture in 1998, entitled A Confident Australia, establishing a tradition of excellent insight that has been sustained by a series of outstanding speakers.
He personally assisted the process of securing a fine group of patrons for the Hawke Centre, especially International Patron, the late Nelson Mandela. He remained steadfastly committed to the Centre and its program, and led the funding drive for the new Hawke Building, opened in 2007.
The University of South Australia deeply appreciates the Late Mr Hawke’s confidence and his support of the Centre. The Hawke Centre honours his contribution to the nation and its focus on civil society issues reflects some themes of the Hawke era that remain relevant today in Australian life. More information about the Hawke Legacy.