The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - RENATA GORTAN & MARIE HOGG

IT was as a univer­sity stu­dent that he held a world beer drink­ing record. As Prime Min­is­ter he gave up the grog un­til he re­tired from pol­i­tics.

So the sym­bol­ism was a lit­tle off when Bob Hawke’s wax dop­pel­ganger swapped his prime min­is­te­rial brief­ing notes for a can of beer yes­ter­day ahead of his 88th birth­day to­mor­row.

But it was all in a good cause. The new ver­sion of Mr Hawke’s Madame Tus­saud sculp­ture, orig­i­nally cast in 1985 when he was PM, was un­veiled at the Clovelly ho­tel to pro­mote Land­care Aus­tralia, one of his re­forms.

Roy­al­ties from sales of the epony­mous beer be­ing bran­dished, Hawke’s Lager, go to the or­gan­i­sa­tion es­tab­lished nearly 30 years ago.

Com­ing face-to-face with the re­vised ver­sion of him­self, Mr Hawke urged drinkers to do some good through “rea­son­able con­sump­tion” of am­ber fluid. “This is one of those oc­ca­sions in a strange and in­creas­ingly crazy bloody world we live in which we can ac­tu­ally sit down, do some­thing, en­joy our­selves and in the process of en­joy­ing our­selves know that we’re do­ing some­thing good to make the world a bet­ter place,” he said. Mr Hawke said he was proud of his in­stru­men­tal role in found­ing Land­care Aus­tralia.

For­mer PM Bob Hawke has a beer with his wax dop­pel­ganger yes­ter­day. Pic­ture: Dan Himbrechts

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