Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has launched a curious tribute to Bob Hawke, saying the Labor Prime Minister had a “Liberal head”.
Mr Abbott referred to as Mr Hawke “Labor’s greatest prime minister”.
“But his key achievements — financial deregulation, tariff cuts, and the beginnings of privatisation — went against the Labor grain, as Labor’s more recent policy direction shows,” he stated.
“You may also say that he had a Labor coronary heart, however a Liberal head. Actually, the Coalition supported almost all of his large reforms, serving to to make his tenure a time of financial revitalisation.
“All Australians ought to mourn somebody who modified our nation for the higher as a result of he was at all times ready to argue his case, even when it meant first persuading key folks on his personal aspect.”
Twitter customers instantly responded with disdain to the assertion, calling it “classless”, “appalling” and “bafflingly weird”.