Media Advisory: Message from the Governor-General on the passing of Ms Hazel Hawke AO
23 May 2013


Hazel was much loved by us all. She was gutsy, compassionate, and had a fierce intelligence and a wonderful sense of humour.

Hazel contributed to our community – our country – across so many fields – social reform, our cultural life, children’s television, and family enrichment.

My most special memory of her is of the time at the Opera House when she played the piano exquisitely. I can still see her joyousness and delight playing in her beautiful hot pink dress!

It’s true to say that she was one of the most admired Australians in public life.