‘Parenting was not his strong suit’: Bob Hawke’s daughter Susan breaks her silence after her father’s death
- Bob Hawke’s daughter got candid on Friday about her father’s parenting skills
- ‘Parenting was not his strong suit, lets put it like that,’ Susan Pieters-Hawke said
- Mr Hawke was married to Hazel Masterson and they had four children together
- They divorced in 1995 following his affair with biographer Blanche d’Alpuget
Bob Hawke’s daughter has broken her silence following her father’s death and has opened up about his parenting skills.
Susan Pieters-Hawke spoke to ABC’s News Breakfast on Friday morning to pay tribute to her father, and said she was still in shock.
‘I don’t think I have quite gotten that he’s gone,’ she said.
Asked about what sort of father he was, Ms Pieters-Hawke (in orange) confessed that ‘parenting was not his strong suit’ (pictured far left is Bob Hawke)
Asked about what sort of father he was, Ms Pieters-Hawke confessed that ‘parenting was not his strong suit’.
‘He was enormously pleased and relieved our mother was such an extraordinary parent because he had deficits on that front,’ she laughed.
Despite her father being Australia’s third-longest serving prime minister and knowing parenting wasn’t his strong suit, Ms Pieters-Hawke still looked up to her dad.
‘In the normal sense of parenting, he wouldn’t rate highly, but in some of the less normal senses of parenting, I think he was a fabulous and inspiring dad,’ she said,
‘You absorb so many of your values from your parents and dad was never too busy to explain the meaning of a complicated word he used.’
Ms Pieters-Hawke is one of four children from her father’s first marriage to Hazel Masterson
The pair were married in 1956 before divorcing in 1995 after publicly admitting to the affair with writer Blanche d’Alpuget
Ms Pieters-Hawke is one of four children from her father’s first marriage to Hazel Masterson.
The pair were married in 1956 before divorcing in 1995 after publicly admitting to his affair with writer Blanche d’Alpuget.
Mr Hawke and Ms d’Alpuget met in 1970 in Jakarta before she began research for his biography while he was married to his first wife.
They had a secret love affair over two decades while Ms d’Alpuget was married to Tony Pratt, with whom she had a son Louis before divorcing in 1986.
The news of Mr Hawke’s affair with the blonde writer 14 years his junior emerged in 1991 and shocked the public.
After admitting his infidelity, the father-of-four divorced Ms Masterson in 1995 and married Ms d’Alpuget that same year.
After admitting his infidelity, Mr Hawke divorced Ms Masterson in 1995 and married Ms d’Alpuget (pictured left) that same year
Mr Hawke died on Thursday aged 89.
‘Today we lost Bob Hawke, a great Australian – many would say the greatest Australian of the post-war era,’ his wife Blanche d’Alpuget said.
‘Bob was dearly loved by his family, and so many friends and colleagues. We will miss him.’
Former Labor and Liberal leaders praised the former prime minister and shared heartwarming stories of their memories with him.
He was Labor’s longest-serving PM, winning elections in 1983, 1984, 1987 and 1990.