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.
About The Authors
Malcolm Fraser was born in May 1930 and entered federal parliament in 1955 after graduating from Oxford University. He became Prime Minister on 11 November 1975. He resigned from parliament following the March 1983 election defeat after nearly 28 years as the Member for Wannon.
Margaret Simons is a freelance journalist and writer, and also a senior lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology.
|List of Illustrations||p. ix|
|A Note from the Narrator||p. 1|
|Learning to Think||p. 41|
|The Candidate Must Have a Voice||p. 61|
|Love, Danger and Privilege||p. 97|
|Vietnam, Act I||p. 132|
|Too Near the Sun||p. 160|
|Victory and Withdrawal||p. 182|
|Life Wasn't Meant to Be Easy||p. 228|
|How to Govern||p. 313|
|The Difficulties of Freedom||p. 379|
|The World||p. 444|
|Land and Sea||p. 555|
|Loyalty and Loss||p. 585|
|Changing the World|
|Mission to South Africa||p. 634|
|Enduringly Liberal||p. 713|
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Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 853
Published: 1st November 2010
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.6 x 4.8
Weight (kg): 1.29
Edition Number: 1