Patricia Edgar has to-day published a spirited defence of the much loved and respected Hazel Hawke's role as Bob Hawke's Prime Ministerial spouse.
It is unlikely that Hazel is aware of the storm breaking around the publication of Blanche d'Alpuget's latest Bob Hawke tribute/hagiography - but her children are.
What dignity is there, I would ask Bob Hawke, in allowing your second wife supported by yourself to try to airbrush Hazel's role out of the nation's history. Is there only room for yourself - and your non-Prime Ministerial spouse?
I believe that there have been many elements (this is one) of Bob Hawke's post-Prime Ministerial life which have been lacking in dignity. This could well be another to be added to the list.
Thank you, Patricia Edgar. I trust that many will be lining up behind you to publicly articulate Hazel's contribution to the Australian nation.