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Bob Hawke ‘fine’ after fall says daughter

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Mr Hawke's most recent public appearance was this month's swearing in of the WA governor. Photo: AAP
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Former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke is “doing fine” and will soon be discharged from hospital after suffering a fall at home, according to his daughter.

Sue Pieters-Hawke said on Wednesday her father had suffered “no brain damage, no stroke, no nothing”.

“They’re just very vigorous about screening for concussion and keeping him for observation for a couple of days and he’s fine,” she told Channel Seven.

Ms Pieters-Hawke joked her stepmother, Blanche d’Alpuget, may be enjoying the break from her husband.

“Just a break, and we’re arguing about whether the break is for him or for Blanche.”

The 88-year-old former Labor leader was admitted to Royal North Shore Hospital late on Monday for minor tests, with his private secretary saying he was “doing fine” and hoped to be discharged within 48 hours.

Labor MP Chris Bowen on Tuesday said Mr Hawke’s medical issue was being referred to as a case of “the wobbles”.

Mr Hawke served as Australia’s 23rd prime minister from 1983-1991 and led Labor to four consecutive election victories.

-with AAP

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