War is lost but campaign a winner
BOB Hawke knows Kristina Keneally is about to feel how hard politics can bite.
The nation’s former leader with his shock of white hair added some oldstyle charm and political gravitas to the premier’s second last day of campaigning.
‘‘ There are a few bonuses in politics,’’ he told a gatheri ng of s eniors as he pressed the flesh with the punters of Parramatta.
Then, with t r ademark cheek, he planted a kiss on the premier, adding: ‘‘ You get a kiss occasionally from a beautiful woman.’’
With all the polls pointing to a Labor debacle in Saturday’s election, the party’s longest serving and most electorally successful prime minister knows when the jig is up. ‘‘ It would be silly to stand up and say I think we’re going to win this,’’ Mr Hawke told a crowd of admirers and well-wishers at Riverside Theatres. But in his view Ms Keneally was the undoubted winner of the campaign, he said.
He asked voters who they really wanted at the helm of the state: ‘‘This gutsy fighter or old Barry?’’
‘‘ Elections are affected by the quality of the campaign and there’s absolutely no doubt that in this campaign, this beautiful woman on my left here, Kristina Keneally, has won the campaign.’’
SUPPORT: Former PM Bob Hawke added some old-style charm when he joined Kristina Keneally on the campaign trail