Malcolm Fraser: The Political Memoirs by Malcolm Fraser
Part memoir and part authorized biography, this account chronicles the life and governmental record of one of Australia’s most interesting and possibly most misunderstood Prime Ministers?Malcolm Fraser. Tracing the story of a shy boy who grew to become one of the most persistent, insistent, and controversial political voices in Australian government, this discussion examines the Vietnam War, the dismissal of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, and Malcolm Fraser’s own term in office. Through his many disputes with the conservative Howard Government, Fraser emerges as an enduring liberal, constantly reinterpreting core values to meet the needs of changing times.
Fast facts: Malcolm Fraser
Malcolm Fraser , in full John Malcolm Fraser , born May 21, , Melbourne , Victoria, Australia—died March 20, , Australian politician and leader of the Liberal Party , who served as prime minister of Australia from to He held cabinet posts in the coalition government of the Liberal and National Country since National parties as minister for the army —68 , as minister for education and science —69, —72 , and as minister for defense — In March Fraser won the leadership of the Liberal Party, and in November he was named prime minister after the Labor government—which had been in power since —had been dismissed; his appointment received electoral approval in December, when the Liberal and National Country parties won by large majorities, and he set up another coalition government. As prime minister Fraser attempted to curb inflation by such orthodox measures as trimming government spending and discouraging union demands for large wage increases. Fraser immediately resigned as party leader and shortly thereafter resigned his seat in Parliament.
Updated March 23, Following his death at age 84 we take stock of some of his greatest achievements as prime minister and invite Drum readers to have their say. John Howard has credited Malcolm Fraser for bringing stability back to the government after the "chaos" of the Whitlam dismissal. As reported in the Financial Review , Howard said:. For those who continue to dispute the wisdom of what Malcolm Fraser did, [I] remind people that in and he did win two emphatic majorities. The last 12 months of the Whitlam government, even in the eyes of those who revere Gough Whitlam, were months of chaos and confusion and disorder and there was a sense of stability and calm and reassurance restored in the nation's affairs. In the election held just a month after the Whitlam dismissal, Fraser won in an landslide with the Coalition picking up 91 seats out of
Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser was a champion of human rights, multiculturalism and Aboriginal land rights. Fraser, who was Liberal prime minister from to , remained active in public life and became a vocal critic of the party's asylum policy in his later years. Here are some of his remarkable achievements that shaped modern Australia during his time in office. They arrived by boat and without documentation. They were resettled in Australia and never put in camps or put on temporary protection visas.
He was also leader of the Liberal Party from to Before being prime minister, Fraser was a member of the Australian Parliament from through He served as Minister of Defence from to and again from to and Minister for Education and Science from to and again from to Fraser was born in Toorak, Victoria. He studied at Magdalen College, Oxford. He married Tamie Beggs in At this point he was only temporary Prime Minister.