inCite, the ALIA members' magazine, recently featured an article about the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, based at the University of South Australia, which incorporates the Hawke Research Centre for Sustainable Societies, and the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library. As for the library, according to its website, it aims to identify, collect, conserve and make available for research and public access the Prime Minister's papers and memorabilia, those of his colleagues in public life, and related material from his times. It also seeks to foster the research and public programs of The Hawke Research Institute for Sustainable Societies by collecting in appropriate areas and providing information services. The Library provides a website for the Prime Ministerial Centre and facilitates its electronic and other publishing.
As a former Prime Minister of Australia, and Oxford University beer drinking record holder, Bob Hawke deserves to be accorded at least some respect, and his considerable contribution to Australian public life recognised and commemorated. The only other former Prime Ministers to be recognised in a similar way are Alfred Deakin, second Prime Minister of Australia (1903-4, 1905-8, 1909-10) and John Curtin (1941-1945), who led the nation during the darkest days of the Second World War. Should the opinion polls be accurate, and the Howard Government voted out of office on November 24th, will John Howard also be honoured with his own Prime Ministerial Library?