Blanche d & # 39; Alpuget has revealed the last tragedy of the life of her husband Bob Hawke, Leigh Sales says the former prime minister was unable to vote in last week's elections.
In an emotional interview with ABC's 7.30, Said Alpuget that she took comfort in the fact that the Labor grandfather did not live to see the party's shock loss.
The country's 23rd prime minister and the third-longest serving leader died peacefully in his sleep last week, and Australians mourned the loss of the beer-loving larrikin that led Labor to four consecutive election victories.
His beloved wife said that Mr. Hawke could not vote for days, and given the shocking loss of Labor, d & # 39; Alpuget said it was "probably a good thing" that her husband was not there to see.
She said that Mr. Hawke, after not having been in public for several months, planned to go to the polling station on election day.
"He decided that he was not going to vote for the post," Mrs. D & # 39; Alpuget revealed Thursday night. "He would sit in his wheelchair and vote, but he didn't get there.
"He said to me: & # 39; I cannot make any further contribution. I cannot make a contribution now. & # 39; That was one of the reasons he wanted to die because he lived his life as a contribution to society considered. & # 39;
Mrs. d & # 39; Alpuget began to dwindle as she recalled the last year of her husband's life.
"It was both difficult and also one of the best times of our lives, because we were so close and intimate at the time while I was his main caregiver," she says.
"And we often said to each other, we are blessed to have this period together."
Mrs. Alpuget became emotional during the interview and told Sales that she was trying not to cry.
"You're going to make me cry," D & # 39; Alpuget told Sales.
"I'm not trying to do it. I'm trying not to do that. I'm sorry," the salesman replied.
Last week Sales had to hold back tears when the news about Hawke & # 39; s death came right in the middle of her show.
Mrs. d & # 39; Alpuget explained that the couple did not have the joy of young love.
& # 39; He had that with Hazel. But we had the joy of adult love and then the love of old age, "she said.
"And people don't realize – I'm really not going to cry – how wonderful it can be to take care of someone you love when they're old and dying."
Last week she was the one to release the statement about Mr. Hawke's death.
"Today we lost Bob Hawke, a great Australian – many would say the greatest Australian of the post-war era," she wrote.
Mrs. D & # 39; Alpuget said that Mr. Hawke "disliked racism and intolerance" and believed in gender equality.
"His most proud achievements included major increases in the number of children who closed high school, his role in ending apartheid in South Africa and his successful international campaign to protect Antarctica from mining," she said.
The statement ended by saying that Mr. Hawke "was very loved by his family and so many friends and colleagues. We will miss him. The golden bowl is broken."
Condolences were led by Labor leader Bill Shorten, who said that Mr. Hawke has "inspired so much affection and admiration, so & # 39; n loyalty and love among so many".
A day before his death, a letter was released by Mr. Hawke who endorsed Prime Minister's offer from Minister Shorten.