The University of Queensland recognises the passing of former Governor General and UQ alum, Bill Hayden, who leaves a legacy of He began his political career with the Australian Labor Party, first elected to Parliament in 1961 in the Federal seat of Oxley, and later serving as Minister for Social Security.
During the Whitlam era, Mr Hayden’s dedication to social justice and welfare issues earned him a reputation as a champion for the underprivileged, and, as Minister, he was a key architect of the scheme that would go on to become Medicare.
He went on to lead the Labor Party from 1977 to 1983 and served under the Hawke government for a further 6 years.
In 1989, Mr Hayden was named Australia's Governor-General, and his diplomatic skills and dedication to his duties earned him the respect and admiration of all Australians.
After his retirement from public office in 1996, he remained actively engaged in various charitable and community initiatives, continuing to make a positive impact on the lives of many.
The University remembers Mr Hayden as a man of integrity, compassion and commitment to serving his nation, and his legacy serves as an inspiration to all who seek to make a difference in the lives of their fellow citizens.