Bob each way!
FORMER Prime Minister Bob Hawke flew into Coffs Harbour yesterday to bolster Labor candidate Paul Sekfy's bid for the seat at the federal election and found time to have a beer and a bet with punters at the Sawtell Hotel.
Mr Hawke, looking dapper in an Armani suit and silk tie mingled with shoppers on Harbour Drive before heading to Sawtell where he watched the Melbourne Cup with supporters.
It is not known if he had a winning bet but current deputy PM Mark Vaile was also in town and his wife did.
Mr Vaile's wife Wendy celebrated her birthday at the Coffs Hotel, with a $6 bet on number six the horse which proved to be just that in the Melbourne Cup.
"I put six dollars on number six for my birthday the sixth of November," Ms Vaile said.
Earlier in the day Mr Hawke took time out to talk exclusively to the Advocate's Editor David Moase.
Read his frank discussion on the forthcoming election in tomorrow's edition.