Alexjc Posted March 20, 2015 Report Share Posted March 20, 2015 Former Australian Liberal Party Prime Minister, (John) Malcolm Fraser, has died at the age of 84. Brought into power in 1975 in the most controversial circumstances when then Governor General, Sir John Kerr sacked Labor leader, Goff Whitlam. Fraser was installed as caretaker PM untill a general election was held and then taking over after winning the election and ruling in his own right untill 1983. He was replaced by Labor's Bob Hawke. Fraser's no nonsense style of governance was seen as a panacea to the trauma of the removal of the Whitlam administration. At the time the government books weren't healthy and with the senate in Liberal control, Fraser took the chance to pounce and force an early election. However the Governor General John Kerr, considered by many as a pompus prick, including Fraser, called Whitlam's bluff and sacked him. It was later found out that Whitlam could've told Kerr where to go but his sense of honour got the better of him. It didn't help that Malcolm Fraser was waiting in the carpark at the Governor's mansion while Whitlam was inside being removed from power. Fraser managed to pull the country together in the aftermath and even he felt that Whitlam was hard done by and later became his biggest advocate and freind...After losing power in 1983 he moved on and travelled the world as an elder statesman in liberal/conservative circles. In 1986, while travelling through the USA, in Memphis, it was alleged his drink was spiked at a hotel he was staying in. He was found wandering wearing only a towel in a very disoriented state. It was later alledged he had been stalked by disgruntled adversaries at a conference he was attending. In later years he fell out of favour with the Liberal Party, disagreeing with the direction the party was turning towards a close minded conservative negative lean. He disliked the current PM, Tony Abbott and was later seen as more left leaning and was the only former Liberal leader to attend Goff Whitlam's funeral last year as a representative and friend. In NZ, Fraser was initially seen as an adversary after the Whitlam affair but later seen as someone who could take on hard line PM Robert Muldoon's sharp tongue and untill David Lange showed up. Something that was badly needed. RIP Malcolm Fraser. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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