RIP Hawke :( Absolute champion and Australian legend. His work to bring Medicare is arguably the greatest thing a politician has ever done to immeasurably improve the lives of ordinary people.
My mum and dad were immigrants some 40 years ago, and my dad had serious health issues and if it wasn't for Medicare it's likely we wouldn't have had enough money to feed the family, for us kids to get an education and more importantly, to live a comfortable life not worrying how you can afford the medical care to stay alive.
There's nothing more important than health and a system of government provided universal health care should never be taken for granted. Thanks for fighting for that Bob, I wasn't alive at the time but I have no doubt it would have been a political nightmare to try to pass through such massive changes.