NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
6th July, 1973 : The Federal Executive of the Labor Party today elected the President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Bob Hawke, unopposed as ALP Federal President. The election puts Mr Hawke in a unique position of power in the Labor movement. He is the first to hold the top jobs in the ALP and ACTU simultaneously. Mr Hawke said he saw his dual role as giving him the opportunity to bring the political and industrial wings of Labor closer together and removing any problems between the two.
[He succeeded beyond his most ambitious dreams. Now trade union apparatchiks whistle and politicians dance. They are very close.]