In the early days of Hawke's Prime Ministership, we assumed Hazel was just a political stay at home wife, busy with family life. She turned out to be a significant contributor to the betterment of Australian society. Once divorced from Hawke after he left office, she became even more of a contributor and to give to society became her life.
Even once slightly doolally (that will send a few to their Oxford online) from Alzheimer's, she agreed to be featured in her diminished state for a television programme to promote the org Alzeimer's Australia.
No Prime Ministers' spouses will be better remembered than Hazel, not Dame Patty, not Dame Zara, not Lady McMahon, Margaret is arguable, not Tamie, not Annita, not Jeanette, not Therese and not Tim (I'd reckon not the next one Margaret either).
Hazel died today. Bless.