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Born: Established: 21 May 1930 Toorak, South Yarra - Glen Iris area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria, ; Died: Ceased: 20 Mar 2015
Gender: Male
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John Malcolm Fraser, a Victorian grazier, was Liberal Party Prime Minister of Australia from 1975 until 1983. As the Leader of the Opposition in 1975, he brought about a constitutional crisis by refusing to pass the Labor Government's supply bills and the Governor General broke the deadlock by disolving parliament on 11 November. The Liberal Party won the subsequent election in a landslide. Fraser's government maintained a conservative economic policy for eight years although it did continue with a number of judicial and human rights reforms intiatiated by Gough Whitlam's government. Defeated by Bob Hawke's Labor Party in the 1983 elections, Fraser retired after 29 years in parliament.

Fraser has been particularly prominent in support of black African movements and in bringing about the end of apartheid in South Africa. He continued this active involvement after retirement from parliament, most noticeably as a member of the international group of 'eminent persons' encouraging dialogue in South Africa and as head of CARE Australia.

Malcolm Fraser was educated at Geelong Grammar preparatory school, then Tudor House, Moss Vale, New South Wales, before going on to Melbourne Grammar and then Oxford University.

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y separately published work icon Malcolm Fraser : The Political Memoirs Carlton : Miegunyah Press , 2010 Z1670364 2010 single work autobiography

'Malcolm Fraser is one of the most interesting and possibly most misunderstood of Australia's Prime Ministers. In this part memoir and part authorised biography, Fraser at the age of 79 years talks about his time in public life.

'From the Vietnam War to the Dismissal and his years as Prime Minister, through to his concern in recent times for breaches in the Rule of Law and harsh treatment of refugees, Fraser emerges as an enduring liberal, constantly reinterpreting core values to meet the needs of changing times.

'Written in collaboration with journalist Margaret Simons, Malcolm Fraser's political memoirs trace the story of a shy boy who was raised to be seen and not heard, yet grew to become one of the most persistent, insistent and controversial political voices of our times.

'The book offers insight into Malcolm Fraser's substantial achievements. He was the first Australian politician to describe Australia's future as multicultural, and his federal government was the first to pass Aboriginal Land Rights and Freedom of Information legislation, also establishing the Human Rights Commission.

'After his parliamentary career, Fraser continued to be an important player in public life, playing a key role in persuading the USA Congress to impose sanctions on South Africa as part of the battle against apartheid. He was also the founding chair of CARE Australia, one of our largest aid agencies.' (From the publisher's website.)

2011 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Book of the Year
2011 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction
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