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Malcolm Fraser  : The Political Memoirs - Malcolm Fraser

Malcolm Fraser

The Political Memoirs


Published: 1st November 2010
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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 Illustrationsp. ix
A Note from the Narratorp. 1
Preludep. 8
Being Heard
Rootsp. 15
Learning to Thinkp. 41
The Candidate Must Have a Voicep. 61
Love, Danger and Privilegep. 97
Vietnam, Act Ip. 132
Too Near the Sunp. 160
Victory and Withdrawalp. 182
Life Wasn't Meant to Be Easyp. 228
Extremisp. 264
How to Governp. 313
Balancep. 344
The Difficulties of Freedomp. 379
Leadershipp. 416
The Worldp. 444
Commonwealthp. 487
Foundationsp. 523
Land and Seap. 555
Loyalty and Lossp. 585
Changing the World
Changep. 611
Mission to South Africap. 634
CAREp. 666
Enduringly Liberalp. 713
Hopep. 739
Appendixp. 751
Acknowledgementsp. 752
Notesp. 755
Bibliographyp. 799
Indexp. 834
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ISBN: 9780522858099
ISBN-10: 0522858090
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
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