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    Malcolm Fraser 1930-2015

    Vale John Malcolm Fraser. Australia's 22nd Prime Minister.
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    Relatively soon after Gough too.....

    1975 was my first awareness of the political scene (at age 6), and these two protagonists were front and center.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garrett View Post
    1975 was my first awareness of the political scene (at age 6), and these two protagonists were front and center.
    I'm slightly older but very similar first political awareness.

    Add to that my mother was a staunch Liberal supporter and my dad was a member of the local branch of the ALP it was fun times.
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    Vale Malcolm Fraser

    THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MALCOLM FRASER

    • Australia's 22nd prime minister, served from November 1975 to March 1983, after being appointed caretaker leader following dismissal of the Whitlam government on November 11, 1975.
    • Born May 21, 1930, in Toorak, Victoria. Died March 20, 2015, aged 84.
    • Educated at Melbourne Grammar and Oxford University.
    • Primary producer before entering parliament in 1955, aged 25.
    • Wife: Tamie
    • Children: Mark, Angela, Hugh, Phoebe
    • Political legacy: shaped Australian relations with east and southeast Asia; indigenous land rights, human rights; anti-whaling; accepted fleeing Vietnamese refugees.
    • Established Care Australia, SBS and Australian Federal Police.
    • Served as special envoy to Yugoslavia in 1999



    (Source: National Archives of Australia)
    - See more at: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-s....T5FjQHIQ.dpuf
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    The man who brought us The Dismissal and "Life wasn't meant to be easy," but also a republican and anti-apartheid activist, and opposed to Liberal asylum seeker policies. He opened our doors to refugees after the Vietnam War.

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    A sudden loss - he had been so politically active recently, and was drafting policy platforms for a possible new party, though he wasn't intending to be prominently involved in running it.

    There is quite a bit of stuff around saying that Fraser didn't really change his politics but the country moved to the right away from him - on refugees and economy especially. There is a deal to be said for that but on other issues like the US relationship I think it is oversimplifying.

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    Should be said

    At the time of the dismissal he brought on a very damaging and decisive time for Australian politics. It was to obtain power by any means possible, including using the votes of stooge senators appointed by J Bjelke Petersen etc. If he had withheld and waited until he would have won the next election without dividing the nation and earning severe hatred for decades. The LIbs thought they were born to rule. But hen as now they only got us into unnecessary and immoral wars.

    The progressive things listed above as his achievements were mostly already being planned by Gough Whitlam. His support for the uranium industry brought amongst the biggest demos in Australian political history.
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    Quote Originally Posted by antichrist View Post
    At the time of the dismissal he brought on a very damaging and decisive time for Australian politics. It was to obtain power by any means possible, including using the votes of stooge senators appointed by J Bjelke Petersen etc.
    Actually the stooge senator appointed by Joh never got a vote. But his appointment and subsequent leave while his appointment was challenged gave the Coalition an effective Senate majority.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    Actually the stooge senator appointed by Joh never got a vote. But his appointment and subsequent leave while his appointment was challenged gave the Coalition an effective Senate majority.
    I remember the exact moment of finding out - I was walking through Devonshire Tunnel to or from lectures and went straight to demo in city somewhere, maybe was Angel Street where LIb party headquarters were but guessing. What I learnt from Gough Whitlam's memorial was the affection and respect for him from women, I can only guess was for his equal wage case of their behalf, but could have been to family law divorce or so many issues. When they booed Mal Fraser I told them that Gough forgave Malcolm so we can - they accepted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    There is quite a bit of stuff around saying that Fraser didn't really change his politics but the country moved to the right away from him - on refugees and economy especially.
    After Fraser got the boot, both Labor and the Coalition moved to free the economy from the jackboots of big government that Fraser and Whitlam loved. But Fraser also seemed to sink further leftwards, e.g. pushing for a Republic that the Aussie people clearly were not clamouring for.
    “The destructive capacity of the individual, however vicious, is small; of the state, however well-intentioned, almost limitless. Expand the state and that destructive capacity necessarily expands, too, pari passu.”—Paul Johnson, Modern Times, 1983.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    But Fraser also seemed to sink further leftwards, e.g. pushing for a Republic that the Aussie people clearly were not clamouring for.
    Australians did actually overall tend to support a republic at least from the mid 1990s to the mid 2000s, though not overwhelmingly (eg the highest Newspoll lead was 54-30). It only fell over when put to a referendum because of disagreement over which model to enact.

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    The Filipinos fought for their republic about 117 years ago - yonks ahead of us. The difference was that we had the lovely queens of England.
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    Fraser has the dubious distinction of being the only Australian PM who pushed for ex post facto legislation to punish the "Bottom of the harbour tax avoidance" in the Taxation (Unpaid Company Tax) Assessment Act 1982. Even if the tax avoidance was "unethical", it was still legal, and it stinks to punish people for actions that were not criminal at the time they were committed.

    Fraser also introduced the punitive "children's tax" of up to 66 per cent on unearned income over $416 a year. This put the kybosh on parents trying to teach their kids the value of saving and investing and compound interest.

    He also landed us with the free-speech–killing wasteful bureaucracy, the Human Rights Commission.
    “The destructive capacity of the individual, however vicious, is small; of the state, however well-intentioned, almost limitless. Expand the state and that destructive capacity necessarily expands, too, pari passu.”—Paul Johnson, Modern Times, 1983.

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    Wow! Jono must really like Mr.Fraser as he hasn't called him by some stupid name like Osama Bin Fraser as he does for everyone else.

    Sir Malcolm actually came into our chess shop about a year ago and was kind enough to pose for a picture with the Chess Guru. It now proudly sits on the wall of the chess shop.
    Still searching for Bobby Fischer....
    and fighting against those humourless bureaucrats who are forever lost in the minutiae.

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    Some of the stuff regarding Fraser being "economically conservative, socially liberal" may seem a bit strange to modern eyes. In a sense Fraser was economically conservative in that he was an old-style protectionist and resisted the first signs of the new right and the resurgence of classical liberalism. But by today's standards he'd be considered a populist protectionist wet. Shows how far that debate has moved on.

    Incidentally Fraser was never knighted. The list of Australian PMs who were knighted is quite a dog's breakfast, especially when considering those who didn't make the grade: Barton, Reid, Cook, Page, Menzies, Fadden, McEwen, Gorton, McMahon.

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