I wasn't old enough to vote/not vote for him, but he was a decent bloke. Shorten, Gillard, Rudd, et al don't even come close to him. Hawke was prolly Labor's best PM after Chifley, but like eveything political it's open to debate. At least Bob Hawke was genuine, unlike the recent Labor leaders of the last decade or two. I can imagine Bob Hawke now standing at the Pearly Gates and saying "Any god who doesn't let a former Aussie PM into heaven, is a bum!" R.I.P.