BOB’S FROTH AND DOUBLE
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