Labor old guard on hand for election push

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke speaking at a Labor event in Beenleigh
Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke speaking at a Labor event in Beenleigh. Source: Ben Scott


Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke believes a concerted effort by all Labor Party supporters is needed for Labor to retain government.

Speaking at an event in Beenleigh in support of Labor Party candidates Peter Beattie (Forde) and Jim Chalmers (Rankin), the former PM urged the importance of Labor values heading into next weekend’s election.

“Labor values, nothing can be more important than having each and every young Australian getting a chance at life,” Mr Hawke said.

Hawke spoke of Labor’s record on the economy, not only during the financial crisis, but also since his time in parliament.

He also made it clear to the crowd they needed to get out there and spread the Labor message.

“If you know people that are unsure on the election, tell them our message, let them know what we are about,” he said.

“You ask the experts, Labor government policies made Australia what it is today.”

Former Queensland Premier and Forde candidate Peter Beattie also spoke at the event and reiterated the former PM’s stance on the importance of jobs for young people.

“You think of all the kids around in Jim’s [Chalmers] electorate and mine they need skills, they need jobs, they need opportunities,” Beattie said.

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