Farewell Fraser Friday

To mark the passing today of Malcolm Fraser, one of the giants of Australian politics in the last third of the 20th century, I have put together a short photo-essay.

Like many of the left, I do not forgive Fraser for engineering the dismissal of the Whitlam government. I do, however, have no hesitation in acknowledging the many good things he achieved, both during and after his political career. Despite the Dismissal, he earned my respect and admiration with his treatment of the boat people, the continuation of land rights for the first Australians, his work against apartheid, ceasing Australia’s participation in whaling, stopping sand mining on Fraser Island, to mention a few.

So vale, Malcolm Fraser, and thank you.

Portrait of Malcolm Fraser as a young boy, c. 1934

(Image Credit: National Archives of Australia)

A young Malcolm Fraser (back row on the right) in an undated photo

Wedding of Malcolm Fraser and Tamie Begg, Willaura, 9 December 1956

(Image Credit: National Archives of Australia)

Federal Member for Wannon (Vic) Malcolm Fraser, with wife Tamie Fraser at Sydney’s Mascot Airport on 11 January 1959

(Image Credit: Hugh Ross)

Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser with his wife Tamie and their hosts James Callaghan and Audrey Callaghan during a visit to Chequers in Buckinghamshire, 2nd June 1977

(Image Credit: Rob Taggart/Central Press/Getty Images)

Former prime minister Malcolm Fraser and wife Tamie in the 1980s

Tamie and Malcolm Fraser and their companions Grizzle and Choco in the garden at their Merricks property on the Mornington Peninsula

(Image Credit: Angela Wylie)

Malcolm Fraser and wife Tamie at the Australian Open tennis in January 2015

(Image Credit: AAP)

If Maestro CK Watt would be so kind as to run the raffle, and if youse will all help yourselves to beverages and comestibles as you feel inclined . . .

317 thoughts on “Farewell Fraser Friday

  1. Just saw a NSW Liberal “FOLEY”, L-plate ad.

    “L” stands for “Lazy”. What a shockingly unimaginative campaign by the incumbents.

    They’ve given up answering labor’s charge concerning privatizaton, and resort to THIS shit?

    Simply. Awful.

  2. Joe

    Did you hear the Palmer Resort has closed and only the golf and the dinosaur and car exhibitions are open? The story is it is closed for renovations but that remains to be seen, the goss is it is up for sale.

  3. BB
    You and me both – I can’t wait for Their ABC to show Tony and Margie having it off under an Aussie flag.

  4. LeoneTwo, if Mrs Abbott is as good an observant Catholic that Mr Abbott is (obviously) then she has only had sex three times. This is self evident as they have three children.

    She is too proper a person to not be good … *and yes, I’m trying to keep my face very straight* … unfortunately we already know that Mr Abbott was not a good Catholic boy before he got married, but boys would be boys back then

    Excuse me while I got and scrub my imagination a bit …

  5. BK

    Ah pity that eczema on your hands hasn’t cleared up and you have to wear disposable gloves, and of course the Vicks under the nose helps with unwanted bad smells. Have fun.

  6. It’s behavior like that that makes me keep an eye on the polls over in the USA. So far, Hillary Clinton has led in almost every poll against all Republican candidates, so if she does well then perhaps their hold on congress should break.


    And hopefully if the republicans are curbstomped next year, the Tea Party can bugger off and take their Liberal party fans with them.

  7. Kirsdarke, ugh indeed. The term ‘culture war’ is often used to describe this sort of attitude and the disputes it provokes and perpetuates.

    But to me the term seems entirely inadequate to the phenomenon, which is one of a group of people being prepared to trash an entire social-cultural-scientific legacy, including the norms of evidence and reason based debate that allow for problem solving and conflict resolution. It feels like the onset of a new dark ages.

  8. Fiona, that’s a nice and reasonable tribute to Malcolm Fraser. I didn’t follow politics in those days so I don’t know too much about events, only what I read as history.
    I hope you are feeling better this weekend.

    I did the ABC Vote Compass thing and am suprised at how easy a online questionare has been able to tell who to vote for. Ha!
    I narly landed on top of Labor but was expecting to be closer to the Greens.
    Since I had been considering to vote Greens, this has now got me thinking again.
    Vote compass is a good idea but the flaw in it is it only shows the results of the threeajor parties. This is pretty poor design from the ABC. It’s almost as if they want to exclude the minor parties.

  9. The Vote Compass thing has me with the Greens, which is weird, because I would never, ever vote for that mob of nutters.

  10. It’s behavior like that that makes me keep an eye on the polls over in the USA. So far, Hillary Clinton has led in almost every poll against all Republican candidates, so if she does well then perhaps their hold on congress should break.

    I hope so, even though the democrats have to overcome an outrageous gerrymander (for example they won 50.8% of the votes in Pennsylvania in 2012 but only 28% of the seats).

  11. I just don’t understand why so many disgruntled Labor supporters believe voting Green is what you do when you have a gripe with Labor. Why would you vote for a party that has reducing the Labor vote as a key aim and hopes to one day take Labor’s place? Why would you vote in a way that erodes the party you say you support?

  12. Another question – why do Labor supporters insist on giving the Greens their vote for the senate? Why give the Greens a dominant position there? I might vote independent if there’s a strong candidate, but for the senate and the NSW upper house I always vote Labor, always will.

  13. Is the fault with Vote Compass or have you failed to lurch to the right with the ALP as they chase the mythical Western Sydney voter

  14. Leonetwo,
    I am a bit suprised that you are not closer to the Greens considering your support of the asylum issue if I remember correctly.
    The reason I was considering the Greens is because they are against further coal mines which are destroying the country landscape and water quality.
    Labor are pro coal mines.

  15. Kirsdarke – stop worrying about the Tea Party, and you can forget about the Libertarians too. The Bush era Neocons are back in charge of the GOP.


    Here’s Why Republicans Love Tom Cotton’s Letter To Iran
    Posted: 03/17/2015 5:31 pm EDT Updated: 03/17/2015 5:59 pm EDT

    WASHINGTON — What’s remarkable about the debacle over Sen. Tom Cotton’s (R-Ark.) letter to Iran isn’t his hard-line policy stance, the unorthodox political maneuvering or even the GOP’s cavalier approach to so serious a foreign policy issue. In fact, Cotton has been doing genuinely wild things in foreign policy since his earliest days in Congress. His elevation to a Senate ringleader — one who appears to be taking very little internal GOP heat for a stunt that has damaged the party’s reputation — isn’t really about leadership or governing at all. It’s a sign of something much deeper than the letter: that deeply hawkish establishment Republican donors have demolished the small-government, war-skeptical tea party wing of the GOP that seemed ascendant just a few years ago.


    The disruption caused by the Islamic State surely gives hawks an easier sell to the American public, but the GOP hasn’t actually presented a strategy for dealing with the terrorist group other than attacking Obama for not doing enough.

    Donors may be a more important factor. The shadow campaigns for the 2016 presidential primary have forced Republicans to seek donors early, and some of the deepest GOP pockets are very hawkish. Not only do those donors love Cotton, their support also makes other leading Republicans think twice about criticizing him or his neoconservative positions.

    Tom Cotton, in other words, is a product of a party that is getting nostalgic for the spring of 2003. Big government is back in style.

    To be sure, there was some libertarian pushback to the Iran letter. Reason’s Matt Welch called Cotton “a surveillance-loving interventionist nightmare,” while Cato Institute Director of Foreign Policy Studies Justin Logan described the letter and the ensuing controversy a “clownshow.”

    But Logan concluded his essay on a note of resignation: “In a party where the entire foreign policy apparatus has been taken over by neoconservatives, there’s no consequence for this sort of statesmanship, if one can even call it that.”

  16. Billie11,
    I suspect your comment was directed at me.
    The point I wanted to make is there are other minor parties that could be included on Vote Compass.
    All the ABC needs to do is send a questionare to those parties and get them to answer the same questions they ask the major parties.
    Then their answers can be fed into the program and we can see where they stand on the compass.
    It’s simple but I suspect the authors of Vote Compass don’t want to present any competion to their beloved Greens.
    Maybe I am too cynical.

  17. If you haven’t seen the video of the Altona Toyota plant making cars, you should check this out.
    It was produced for the Discovery Channel and is one of their Mega Factory episodes. It’s well made and facinating.

  18. orangefox
    You don’t need to be a Green to know that the way both Labor and the Coalition treat asylum seekers is an abomination.

    I’m not welded to any party. I’ll vote independent, given a good candidate, because in my electorate I have that luxury. It’s not a marginal seat, it’s National Party homeland, except for a few years of fantastic independents both state and federal. I can choose a candidate who supports my electorate and sometimes that might not be a Labor candidate. If it was a marginal seat then I’d vote differently. Mining and CSG are not an issue here – yet. I think Labor will have to change its support for mining because there will be increasing voter resistance to it and that will have to be dealt with.

    For the NSW election I’ve already voted – voted Labor – simply because there was no other choice. No independents this time, just Labor, Greens, Nats, No Land Tax and Fred Nile’s Christian nutjobs. I know the Greens candidate. there is no way I would want such a twit representing me in parliament.

  19. Orange Fox,

    Thank you, and I am feeling 150% better, though there’s still room for improvement.

    Sorry OH hasn’t been in touch – he has had a seriously busy week. However, it seems as though you aren’t encountering any problems posting this evening.

  20. I ask The Pub’s indulgence.

    Yesterday evening in Perth, from Darling Daughter:

    A French girl was hit by a bus at William St and St Georges. I tried to help with first aid and general calming French skills while Josh called the ambos and donated his shirt for compression purposes. Lots of blood ensued.

    So, the engineer’s safety training kicked in at once – and she’s also a fluent French speaker.

    She ended up covered in blood, and I think more than a tad shocked.

    I hope her gorgeous Josh has been feeding her lots of chocolate.

    I hope even more that the victim makes a full recovery.

  21. fiona

    Your DD was a bit of a heroine. Her many skills and her sang froid were rather useful, as well as Josh’s presence and his shirt. Well done! Hope the French girl recovers quickly.

  22. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. Not too much to report this morning.

    Looks like Tony Windsor might have well been on the money with the electoral effect of SSG in his article in The Saturday Paper yesterday.
    Peter FitzSimons looks at the life and legacy of Malcolm Fraser and the oddity of parliamentary voting intention on voluntary euthanasia.
    It will be a long wait with this mob!
    Annabel Crabbe analyses Abbott’s psyshe and his national apology tour last week.
    Peter Martin says the Intergenerational Report has a hidden gift.
    Charles Waterstreet has had more than enough of Abbott!
    The Roast and the Guardian give us a video look at Abbott’s first week of “good government”.
    A road map for the 2015 budget.
    The 28 worst things the Liberals did Yesterday,’
    There has been no word from our Freedom Commissioner on offshore detention.

  23. Funny isn’t it that all it took was the humble onion to lift the blinkers off Annabel Crabbe’s eyes. She has spent years licking the abbott’s feet and ignoring his crudeness and rudeness and compulsive lying.

  24. Annabel Crabb says Abbott was on a national apology tour I thought it was just another of his fly around the country doing stunts things. He should have been locked in his office reading the Moss Report, or listening to Peta read it to him. Apparently it’s been on Dutton’s desk for a month but Abbott said the other day he hadn’t read it. Well, of course not, he never reads anything.

    When does the real apology tour begin? The one where he flies to Manus and Nauru, gets down on his knees in every camp and apologises for the horrors his government has inflicted on the poor sods he has kept there?

  25. As I lost TVs signal at 9 am I am watching the Toyota mega factory program

    I would like my neighbour to change hobbies or stay in the country

  26. Nice to see Nikki Savva and the Insiders now openly discussing my point of two weeks ago: WHETHER Baird will just stagger over the line in NSW.

    I think it’s quite possible that, with all this talk of getting rid of Abbott from Canberra if Baird goes, this could become an election issue in itself.

    This week’s Labor slogan:

    "Two birds with one stone!"

    … has a nice ring about it.

    No privatization, and get rid of Tony Abbott too.

  27. So Howard is going to appear in Insiders to talk about Malcolm Fraser. That should be just wonderful. Fraser loathed Howard.

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