Bob Hawke Hospitalised, Family Says Former PM Has A Case Of 'The Wobbles'

The popular former PM was was last seen in public attending the swearing in of Kim Beasley as Governor Of Western Australia last week.

What you need to know
  • The 88-year-old former PM was hospitalised on Monday night
  • Wife Blanche d'Alpuget denied he suffered a stroke or pneumonia and said he had a case of 'the wobbles'
  • Labor luminaries express concern and wish the popular former PM a speedy recovery

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke remains in Sydney Royal North Shore Hospital undergoing treatment for an undisclosed condition.

The 88-year-old was rushed to hospital on Monday night, and his wife Blanche d'Alpuget has denied reports he suffered a stroke or pneumonia.

She said her husband was nothing more serious than a case of "the wobbles".

A wheelchair bound Hawke was last seen in public attending the swearing in of Kim Beasley as Governor Of Western Australia last week.

“I understand it’s a relatively minor incident, what’s been called the wobbles, which I imagine when you’re 88 is something which would concern you,” Labor MP Chris Bowen told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday.

"All our thoughts are with him, with Blanche and with the family."

Despite the many rumours  surrounding his health, those close to the the former Prime Minister and Labor legend have been quick to assure the public that he is on the mend.

"Hawkie is fine and anxious to get home and back to his cigar and crosswords," a family friend said.

Revered within the Labor party and one of Australia's most popular leaders, news of the four term Prime minster's ill health there has led to an outpouring of support online.