Macarthur identities pay tribute to late Prime Minister Bob Hawke

Prominent Macarthur locals have remembered former Prime Minister Bob Hawke as one of Australia's proudest and finest sons.

Local tributes are pouring in for Mr Hawke, who died peacefully at home yesterday at age 89.

The Labor politician served as Australia's 23rd Prime Minister from 1983 to 1991.

Campbelltown state MP Greg Warren said Mr Hawke was a great man.

"Labor will miss him, there will never be another one like him," he said.

"Bob's legacy will live on."

Mr Warren said his fondest memory was seeing Mr Hawke's reaction on television after Australia won the 1983 America's Cup.

"Bob showed his pride in winning the cup and his love for Australia," he said.

Mr Warren said he was fortunate to meet Mr Hawke on several occasions.

"I first met him when I decided to contest [the seat of] Campbelltown in 2015," he said.

"Bob couldn't wait to get out and show his support, for which I was very grateful."

Campbelltown MP Greg Warren chats with former PM Bob Hawke at Rydges Campbelltown in 2015. Picture: Simon Bennett

Campbelltown MP Greg Warren chats with former PM Bob Hawke at Rydges Campbelltown in 2015. Picture: Simon Bennett

Macarthur MP Dr Mike Freelander said Mr Hawke "transformed Australia into modern Australia" during his time as Prime Minister.

Dr Freelander said Mr Hawke's biggest legacy was introducing Medicare and superannuation in Australia.

"Bob Hawke, his cabinet and [treasurer] Paul Keating transformed the economy," he said.

"What they achieved was utterly remarkable."

Dr Freelander met Mr Hawke at numerous Labor party functions and said he was "one of the best political speakers I've ever heard".

"Bob was a great Australian and a great Labor man," he said.

"He was down to earth, affable and a really friendly guy."

Picture: Nic Walker and Fairfax Archives

Picture: Nic Walker and Fairfax Archives

Hume Labor candidate Aoife Champion said she grew up with Bob Hawke as her country's Prime Minister.

"He was in just before I started kindergarten, and was Prime Minister right through my primary school years and first few years of high school," she said.

"Bob Hawke was a larrikin and showed dedication to Australian-ism. He was epitome of what it means to be a Prime Minister."

Ms Champion said Mr Hawke's biggest legacy was to take a staunch stance against racism.

"He showed the attitude that we needed to have," she said.

"It's important for me that my two kids have now been into a country with that attitude."

Macquarie Fields state MP Anoulack Chanthivong said Mr Hawke had an "extraordinary ability" to connect with every Australian.

"Bob was a proud patriot with a sharp intellect - he was a true people's PM," he said.

"People loved him and he loved people.

"My condolences to [Mr Hawke's wife] Blanche and his family as we mourn one of Australia's great leaders. He will forever occupy a special place in our hearts."

Bob Hawke with Macquarie Fields state MP Anoulack Chanthivong.

Bob Hawke with Macquarie Fields state MP Anoulack Chanthivong.