War is lost but cam­paign a win­ner

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

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

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