Malcolm Fraser: Australia’s 22nd prime minister dies aged 84


I have personally met Malcolm Fraser in my reporting days in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. It was very sad this afternoon to hear of his passing.

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ABC News reported former Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser has been remembered as “a giant of Australian politics” and a “great moral compass” following his death early this morning at the age of 84.

“It is with deep sadness that we inform you that after a brief illness, John Malcolm Fraser died peacefully in the early hours of the morning of 20 March, 2015,” a statement released by his office said.

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Malcolm Fraser Australia’s 22nd prime minister, in power from 1975 to 1983, and founding chairman of CARE Australia

“We appreciate that this will be a shock to all who knew and loved him, but ask that the family be left in peace at this difficult time.”

Mr Fraser — Australia’s 22nd prime minister — was born into a wealthy pastoral family in 1930 and first entered Parliament in 1955 as its youngest MP.

An important and extended conversation between Phillip Adams and the late Mr Fraser, recorded fourteen years ago, in his office back in February 2001.

They discuss his heritage and early life, his decision to get into politics and his political legacy.

Malcolm Fraser’s Life recorded interview in 2001

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