Former Labor Party leader and Governor General Bill Hayden dies at the age of 90. Hayden has served as treasurer in the Whitlam Government.
Hayden has also served as foreign minister under the tenure of former prime minister of Australia, Bob Hawke. Hawke handed over the leadership of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) to Hyaden in 1983 and appointed him governor-general for a seven-year term in 1989.
The Prime Minister of Australia, Anthony Albanese confirmed the death of Hayden today Oct 21, 2023 paying tribute to him. He said Hayden was a “legend of our labor movement” and expressed good wishes for his eternal life.
Bill Hayden’s Services to Australia
When Bill Hayden was minister for social security, he introduced Medibank. It was the first plan of Australia for universal healthcare and the first single pension for mothers. Albanese said about this step of Hayden that he understood poverty too often trapped women in violent relationships.
Albanese added lifetime service of Bill gave so much more to the country he loved. He gave his best in every role he held including Governor General, Minister for Social Security, Treasurer, Foreign Minister, and Labor Party leader.
Australian Treasurer, Jim Chalmers said Bill was a selfless servant of Australians and the Labor party. Chalmers gave the title to him “a wonderful Queenslander and Australian”. He counted the qualities of Bill as humble and grounded as well as responsible and respected.
Australian PM Albanese said Bill would be honored with a state funeral. Bill Hyaden was a Labor Party mammoth who represented, took the party to his heart, and spent life by true Labor morals and values.
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