Bob Hawke reveals ‘terrible health’ as he tips Labor to win federal election
Bob Hawke told punters at Woodford Folk Festival he thinks Bill Shorten will do well. (AAP: Dan Himbrechts)
Former prime minister Bob Hawke says he expects Labor will do well in the 2019 federal election — but his “terrible health” may mean he will not be around to witness the party’s success.
- Bob Hawke said he is confident Labor will do well in the next federal election
- The former prime minister expects this year’s Woodford Folk Festival to be his last
- Mr Hawke was rushed to hospital after a case of “the wobbles” earlier this year
Asked during an appearance at Queensland’s Woodford Folk Festival about his plans for the future, the 89-year-old told News Corp Australia: “I’ve had my time; just stick around for a little while.”
The ex-Labor leader reportedly said his health has been “terrible”.
Founder and director Bill Hauritz said Mr Hawke had been a regular at the festival.
“Bob Hawke came into the festival last night. Absolutely delighted to see him on his 10th visit in a row,” he said.
“He’s not been well this year. He said to us last night this would be his last visit.”
Mr Hawke said he is confident Labor will do well in the federal election.
“I think they’ll [Labor] do pretty well [in Queensland],” he said.
“I think he’ll [Opposition Leader Bill Shorten] do well.”
Mr Hawke’s comments comes months after he was rushed to the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney after a case of “the wobbles”.
Mr Hawke served as Australia’s 23rd prime minister from 1983-1991 and led Labor to four consecutive election victories.