Bob Hawke is now the most successful leader in the ALP's history. Labor has probably never before appeared to the general public to be so competent in government; so in command of the political agenda (whatever we might think); or so united. Its relationship to the trade union movement is more secure than that of Chifley in the 'forties, and certainly more so than that of Whittam in the 'seventies. There appears to be an abundance of political talent in each of the various wings of the parliamentary party, and Labor possesses an electoral machine the envy of its rivals. On all of these counts, its future looks rosy.
Recommended CitationBurchell, David, The Hawke Era, Pt 3, Australian Left Review, 1(101), 1987, 25-27.