Australia pays tribute to one of its greatest prime ministers


Thousands of mourners have begun to gather at the Opera House in Sydney to farewell former prime minister Bob Hawke.

Free tickets to the 90-minute memorial sold out within 25 minutes, but thousands are expected to watch a live broadcast from the Opera House steps.

Bob Hawke in 2016. Credit:Nic Walker

Inside, former prime ministers and governors-general, current and former MPs will be among the 1800 mourners will hear from speakers including Paul Keating, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese and the recently retired Insiders host Barry Cassidy.

We have reporters on the ground, both inside the memorial service and Opera House steps who will be posting regular updates.



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