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RIP Malcolm Fraser

March 20, 2015

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Former prime minister Malcolm Fraser has died.

“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 read.

“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.”

Malcolm Fraser was prime minister of Australia and leader of the Liberal Party from 1975 to 1983.

He was Australia’s 22nd prime minister, taking the job in events so dramatic they still reverberate decades on.

Mr Fraser was sworn in as caretaker prime minister in 1975 after the Whitlam government was dismissed in a constitutional crisis that followed months of budget deadlock in the Senate.

He led the Liberals to victory in the 1975 election before being succeeded by Labor’s Bob Hawke in 1983.

While the political left loathed Mr Fraser for his role in the 1975 “coup” against Gough Whitlam the pair developed a close friendship post politics.

In recent years, Mr Fraser had become an outspoken critic of the Liberal Party and quit the party in 2010 over the party’s lurch to the right on issues such as immigration.

 

 

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. March 20, 2015 10:12 am

    Sad news..

  2. March 20, 2015 10:29 am

  3. Tom R permalink
    March 20, 2015 10:33 am

    Sad news indeed reb. And, his voice of reason will be missed in our current debates imo.

  4. TB Queensland permalink
    March 20, 2015 10:33 am

    84 … someone should highlight that to the treasurer …

    I always ran hot and cold with Fraser … probably because of his role in the Dismissal … I was never impressed with John Gorton but if I recall Fraser had a hand in his dismissal as PM too. (And his bung on Pommie public school/uni accent*)

    His work with charities certainly earned respect … and after politics he seemed to recognise the plight of some of his former constituents … and those less well off overseas …

    I was surprised at the headline when I saw it this morning …

    Vale …

    *(Yeah I know he went to uni in Pommieland … same one as Abbott I think)

  5. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 20, 2015 10:38 am

    Good riddance to that posturing, treasonous, trouserless twit. He stabbed Gorton to foist Billy McMahon on us and spent his senility stabbing his party colleagues. He was as duplicitous as Goebbels. Lefties love him.

  6. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 20, 2015 11:02 am

    I agree with SB, Fraser was divisive and dishonest throughout his political career.

    Undermined and backstabbed anyone and everyone for his own gratification and progression. His legacy is one of divisiveness. I think his so called conversion was insincere, just like everything else in his political life.

  7. TB Queensland permalink
    March 20, 2015 12:15 pm

    Fraser … probably because of his role in the Dismissal …

    Don’t think “lefties” loved him so much as “tories” hated him …

  8. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 20, 2015 12:58 pm

    Anyone with any sense knows Fraser was a prime c**t, only motivated by promotion of himself and divisiveness.

    The treacle that he applied to himself after he tearfully conceded to Hawke is not sincere, it is his attempt to be remembered as something other than a power hungry, divisive c**t.

  9. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 20, 2015 1:25 pm

    Lefties love him.

    That is good evidence that something is wrong with Fraser and his opinions.

  10. March 20, 2015 3:44 pm

    A poer hungrey divisive cunt…Tom?
    He pales in comparison to the present PM, who has no conscience or empathy whatsoever..
    At least for all his faults, Fraser was a statesmen with a social conscience that has a political legacy.. unlike these fucking ass hats…

    Fucking love how you righteous right wing fiberal fucktards are all steamed up about Malcolm’s concious effort to redress Fiberal cuntery… what a top bloke he turd out to be.. there is hope for you morons yet..
    well all but Nil he is a terminal turd with chronic verbal diarrhoea. 🙂

  11. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 20, 2015 4:05 pm

    Yeah, how we all miss him. He was so likable, a real man of the people who could connect with us all.

  12. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 20, 2015 5:28 pm

    …He stabbed Gorton to foist Billy McMahon on us and spent his senility stabbing his party colleagues. He was as duplicitous as Goebbels. Lefties love him…

    I don’t agree with sb. The liberal party needed to be stabbed, he didn’t do enough of it. He is the difference between liberals and conservatives. True liberals I can respect and sometimes even admire for their values [eg fraser and hewson], they seem to have some respect for humanity, conservatives are the rabid, junk yard dogs of the liberal party and he was right to resign from the party once they took it to the depths of depravity.

    I don’t like the way abbott is so ungenerous with his public statements, he was very partisan about whitlam and he really has not said anything good or statesman like about fraser, like it is a sad loss to the liberal party [whether he means it or not]. He can’t even be decent in death. I don’t like it, or him, the creep. Nothing likeable about such a stunted, hateful, insincere shit of a man.

    BTW reb, I think he spells his name fraser not frazer 😉

    I don’t usually ‘do’ spelling or grammar, but he has just died!

  13. March 20, 2015 6:35 pm

    Noted and fixed, thanks AO..

    How embarrassment…!

  14. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 20, 2015 6:55 pm

    Lefties love Fraser for the same reasons they love Malcolm Turncoat. Both are narcissistic pompous prevaricators, power-mad and ready to stab anyone in the path to their power. Fraser’s lasting legacy is Robert Mugabe. Stabbing Blessed St Gough was a benefit to the country. And even though the cat strangling Malcolm is a complete fuckwit, he could do worse by the country than put Abbott out of his misery.

  15. TB Queensland permalink
    March 20, 2015 7:24 pm

    Lefties love Fraser</i. … that's the sort of shite Kneel writes … the Dismissal never went away … it lives like a nightmare over the tories … a massive deceitful cloud!

    What "lefties" praise him for is the humanitarian work (the organisations he earned a packet for! did … "tories" don't care, don't get it.

    he could do worse by the country than put Abbott out of his misery … No! No! Hung (slowly), Drawn (painfully) and Quartered (many times!) …

  16. TB Queensland permalink
    March 20, 2015 7:25 pm

    Lefties love Fraser. … that’s the sort of shite Kneel writes … the Dismissal never went away … it lives like a nightmare over the tories … a massive deceitful cloud!

    What “lefties” praise him for is the humanitarian work (the organisations he earned a packet for! did … “tories” don’t care, don’t get it.

    he could do worse by the country than put Abbott out of his misery … No! No! Hung (slowly), Drawn (painfully) and Quartered (many times!) …

  17. March 20, 2015 11:22 pm

    Both are narcissistic pompous prevaricators

    I guess seeing too much of yourself in them both would be off putting 🙂

  18. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 22, 2015 5:26 pm

    Well that settles it. Since the lefties love Fraser this has to mean his opinions were wrong.

    Apparently he went senile in latter life.

    If you are not sending the lefties into a frenzy with your opinions you are doing something wrong.

  19. TB Queensland permalink
    March 23, 2015 1:20 pm

    Is anyone else over the Fraser eulogies … just seems to go on and on like a bad TV serial … 😦

  20. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 23, 2015 1:38 pm

    This says it all as far as I’m concerned.

  21. March 23, 2015 1:44 pm

    tb`anyone else over the Fraser eulogies”””#uugh #yes (l`m currently looking forward to my sbs providing relief with their 78th re-run of nazi-docos)

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