Australia got a sudden reminder of what it used to be, just before it decided what it wanted to be.

The passing of former Labor Prime Minister Bob Hawke had people in Australia and beyond recalling a bolder politics than now.

Yet the election result has delivered more of the same with voters preferring Prime Minister Scott Morrison's economic management to Labor leader Bill Shorten's offer of change.


Aside from his popularity and common touch, Hawke is remembered for major economic, social and environmental reforms. His treasurer Paul Keating said last week: "He understood that imagination was central to