“During the Prime Ministership of Mr. Hawke from 1983 to 1991, the relationship between Papua New Guinea and Australia matured, diversified and was mutually beneficial and for that our country thanks him. “Through his many years in politics, he was a true and genuine friend of our leaders including successive prime ministers.” Mr. Hawke was the longest serving labor prime minister. His work as a trade union leader is well known in union circles in Papua New Guinea. In 2009, Mr. Hawke was honored with the Grand Companion of the Order of Logohu “for service to Papua New Guinea prior to and since independence, through involvement in the establishment of the trade union movement and early national wage development.”
“As a person, Mr. Hawke was a true character, a larger than life leader who inspired generations.”
- ABC Pic: Former Prime Ministers, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare and Chief Bob Hawke at the 2009, Logohu Awards Ceremony.