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Bill Hayden
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21st Governor-General of Australia
In office
16 February 1989 – 16 February 1996
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Bob Hawke
Paul Keating
Preceded by Sir Ninian Stephen
Succeeded by Sir William Deane
Leader of the Opposition
In office
22 December 1977 – 3 February 1983
Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser
Deputy Lionel Bowen
Preceded by Gough Whitlam
Succeeded by Bob Hawke
Personal details
William George Hayden

23 January 1933 (1933-01-23) (age 88)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Political party Labor
Dallas Broadfoot
(m. 1960)
Children 4
Education Brisbane State High School
Alma mater University of Queensland
Occupation Police officer
(Queensland Police Service)
Profession Politician

William George "Bill" Hayden (born 23 January 1933) is an Australian politician. He served as the 21st Governor-General of Australia, in office from 1989 to 1996. He had been leader of the Labor Party from 1977 to 1983, as well serving as a cabinet minister in the Whitlam and Hawke Governments.

Hayden was elected to the House of Representatives when he was 28 years old. He replaced Jim Cairns as Treasurer in 1975, but served for only five months.

In early 1977, Hayden challenged Whitlam for the party leadership and was defeated by just two votes. He replaced Whitlam as Leader of the Opposition at the end of the year when Whitlam resigned as a result of Labor's defeat at the 1977 election. He was replaced by Bob Hawke in 1983.

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