Bob Hawke’s 80th Birthday Party

Okay, so you probably didn’t get an invitation to Bob Hawke’s 80th birthday party (neither did I). But 300 friends, family, and colleages attended the celebration at fancy Sydney restaurant Guillaume.

The undisputed highlight of the night was burlesque superstar Gypsy Wood, who jumped out of a Labor ballot box and performed a striptease while wearing a John Howard mask.

Gypsy’s routine caused several of the Labour party faithful to realise that they were sexually attracted to John Howard, and made national news headlines the following day.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd described Bob Hawke as “an Australian legend”.

Photos and video are from a performance of Gypsy’s John Howard striptease on the eve of the 2007 election, when Howard was defeated.