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. http://www.themercury.com.au/news/politics/card-bid-to-stop-welfare-wasters/story-fnpp9w4j-1227273038989

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/cashless-welfare-card-to-stop-addicts-using-money-on-drugs-alcohol-and-gambling/story-fnpn118l-1227272956189 similar articles at the start, but each has info the other doesn’t





  2. BK thanks for your daily round up

    Fiona you are justly proud of DD – clever, cool in a crisis and compassionate

  3. Fiona

    Good on your daughter and her partner for going to the aid of that poor girl. I hope they are coping ok and that the victim is recovering well.

    St Georges Tce can be a nightmare for pedestrians, and cyclists. I used to ride to work there and often ended up dismounting and walking my bike along the footpath for the scariest few blocks.

  4. Leone,

    Dunno why Cassidy had the bald-headed old swell on Insiders this morning – I muted him as soon as Cassidy asked the first inane question…..the poodle is in the line of fire this morning.

  5. Because there is no sport on worth watching, I turned on Insiders. Nothing has improved there. But it was good watching Burke chew up Cassidy and spit out the buttons. Poor old Baz was left shaking with anger, Pontiff Paul Kelly style.

    Even Morticia Savva, Mudguts Farr (who looks like he came straight from the Mooney Valley trots) and Laura (Farah Fawcett with cankles) are having trouble keeping the Abbott skywhale aloft…

  6. On those reachtel polls.
    Even though the usual caveats about unreliability apply they do look promising for Labor, especially the Newtown one.

  7. Grrrrrr

    The welfare recipient bashing ramps up. The arrogance of the thinking behind the welfare card, the discrimination, the sheer nastiness as appalling. Only an Abbott government and an over-entitled tax bludger like Twiggy could come up with such a thing.

    The government wants us to believe that people on welfare – everyone – are all fraudsters who spend all their money on booze and drugs then go home to their starving kids and bash the women. What a load of rubbish.

    “If you are on welfare and not a heavy drinker or gambler, the impact of the card would be absolutely minimal

    Bullshit! You’d have to face the sneering, smirks and demeaning remarks of every money-taker who saw the damned card. I had more enough of that when I had to ask for single parent discounts, especially when I had to grovel to an absolute cow at DOCS to get free spectacles for my daughter. Having to pay for absolutely everything with such a card would be sheer hell.

    “Fraud would be minimised, and over time, emergency relief payments and crisis services would be reduced through a longer-term reduction in welfare reliance.

    Bullshit again. Just how would fraud be minimised? The few people who do commit fraud to get a benefit aren’t going to suddenly stop getting their payment. Fraud will increase as people find ways around this card, like giving it to a friend to use in return for a nice cash payment. And emergency relief payments will not drop. People use them to help pay for the shocking electricity bills we all get now, thanks to various governments.

    And finally, this says it all –

    the introduction of similar schemes in South Africa have also reduced fraud

    South Africa!

  8. Leone how is the Basics card going to work paying rent?
    Will it be restricted to Colesworth or will it be accepted by Aldi, not in aisle 1

    Fortunately I have never received dole payments but I have always been shocked by the way my friends on the dole have lived, with intimate micromanaging of their bank accounts, tight tight budgeting, absolute attention to detail to fill forms in accurately.

    South Africa is a pillar of welfare safety net, there was no welfare 20 years ago

  9. Thank you to everyone re DD and Josh. DD phoned at 1am and assured us they are doing fine – as is the young woman who was hurt. Fortunately the bus was going VERY slowly and only the corner connected.

    The driver, not surprisingly, was extremely shaken.

  10. billie11
    If you are on a welfare payment Centrelink will just deduct the rent from your payment. This already happens. In NSW new public housing tenants HAVE to agree to this. They would like all tenants to do it, but I refuse. Centrelink will also deduct regular payments towards your power bill and other stuff.

    All that has been in place for years. It wouldn’t be difficult to add private rent to the deductions.

    They say the card will be accepted anywhere that takes EFTPOS, Visa or Mastercard. The problem is a lot of small places still don’t accept cards, especially food shops.

    I hope anyone being forced to use this stupid card is allowed a bit of cash. Otherwise how do you deal with all the little things that pop up – kids needing bus fares for the school trip to the pool or lunch money, a few dollars to sponsor a kid in a fun run, a raffle ticket, a purchase from a street stall or even a take-away meal.

    I can see this scheme crashing. It is based on the incredibly stupid assumption that people on welfare associate only with other people on welfare, which is rubbish. I know that if I had been forced into such a scheme my very law abiding friends and my very, very law abiding family would have been only too happy to use the card to buy their groceries and whatever and give me the cash. This sort of thing was discussed a lot, years ago, when the card thing was first introduced in indigenous communities. Maybe it sort of works there, because everyone is in the same situation, but it won’t work in bigger places where people have friends and family members who are not on welfare.

  11. In the USA, these ‘welfare cards’ were used to replace a system of paper-based ‘food stamps’ for welfare recipients. They function and are processed in the same way as any ordinary ATM type card, and on the face of it reduce some of the discrimination and time-wasting of the earlier system.

    See this article from 1997: http://articles.latimes.com/1997/nov/23/news/mn-56896

    Note however this paragraph:

    Every time the card is used, a receipt of the food items purchased is printed, documenting the time, date, origin of transaction and the remaining account balance.

    This isn’t just for the benefit of the recipient – it’s to create an ‘electronic trail’ so the authorities can monitor what you’re spending your entitlement on.

    More recently there’s been stuff on limiting what people can buy – even in the way of what types of foods – with comments like:
    “I think that the government should have a say on what people on food stamps get to eat”

    No doubt they’d like to be able to pick not just what you’re allowed to eat, but every other little thing you can buy as well. Heaven forbid that anyone on welfare could have any little ‘luxury’ in their lives.

    Interestingly, the UK is going the other way, although still with the intent to limit and control what people can do with welfare payments:

    Critics said the scheme may stigmatise those already in trouble, but the Government insists the plans, which will enable local authorities to set their own eligibility criteria, will mean the money will go where it is needed most.

    To my mind it’s about forcing vulnerable people to give up their rights to dignity and privacy and keep them ‘in their place’, and to discriminate between the ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ poor.

    I’ve been lurking here a bit lately rather than posting – my OH has some health issues which have taken up quite some time in various medical appointments – and politics has had to take a back seat.

    My sincere thanks to BK and Leroy for their daily links, and to everyone for your comments and insights.

  12. Well done with DD, Fiona, and good to know that some care. Best wishes Socks and OH. I’m a bit the same, with only spasmodic posts, but haven’t got any major health/family issues.

  13. With this “entitlement card” (call it what they will) it seems to imply that the money circulating around the state is the sole possession of those who perceive THEY are the manufacturers of money..ie; the capital brokers like the banks , industrialists and sundry money spinners. I hate to rain on their parade, but the capital in circulation in the state is the property of the citizens of the state…the management of that capital is NOT the sole responsibility or right of the elected political party of the day…it is why treasuries were constructed from the ancient times to now…it is recorded that even Julius Caesar had to physically raid the treasury of Rome to fund his civil war and indeed had to threaten with death the official who guarded it!
    And as for this delusion of the LNP. wank of “Lifters and Leaners”, I give this extract from a great social economist on the collaboration of ALL members of a community to the greater good.

    ” Now, whatever may or may not be true for human conduct in some other bearing, in the economic respect man has never lived an isolated, self-sufficient life as an individual, either actually or potentially. Humanly speaking, such a thing is impossible. Neither an individual person nor a single household, nor a single line of descent, can maintain its life in isolation. Economically speaking, this is the characteristic trait of humanity that separates mankind from the other animals. The life-history of the race has been a life-history of human com[Pg 325]munities, of more or less considerable size, with more or less of group solidarity, and with more or less of cultural continuity over successive generations. The phenomena of human life occur only in this form.”

    “…This information and proficiency in the ways and means of life vests in the group at large; and, apart from accretions borrowed from other groups, it is the product of the given group, though not produced by any single generation. It may be called the immaterial equipment, or, by a license of speech, the intangible assets[2] of the community; and, in the early days at least, this is far and away the most important and[Pg 326] consequential category of the community’s assets or equipment. Without access to such a common stock of immaterial equipment no individual and no fraction of the community can make a living, much less make an advance. Such a stock of knowledge and practice is perhaps held loosely and informally; but it is held as a common stock, pervasively, by the group as a body, in its corporate capacity, as one might say; and it is transmitted and augmented in and by the group, however loose and haphazard the transmission may be conceived to be, not by individuals and in single lines of inheritance.”……Thorsten Veblen.

  14. Socks
    Best wishes to your OH and to you.

    You are absolutely right about government surveillance of what people buy with their payments.

    Ontario is about to replace welfare cheques with debit cards which will be re-loaded every pay day. Why they still have cheques in an age of instant transfers direct to bank accounts is something to wonder about. The excuses being made to justify this new system – which will allow every cent spent to be traced – are just as dumb as the excuses our government is using to justify income management.

    This brings us to an interesting series of dots to be connected.

    I use a rewards card when I shop at Colesworths. That card allows them to keep records of everything I buy so they can send me targeted emails about upcoming specials I might like, to make interesting offers if I spend more money, and to see exactly where I shop. It’s not going to be hard for Centrelink to keep records of everywhere someone on a payment shops and what they buy.

    No wonder Scrott wants a billion dollar rebuild of the Centrelink computer system. He’s going to need a bigger system to keep track of everyone.

    That $1 billion price tag is excessive, even with increased surveillance under way. So why does he want to spend so much?


    The idea of a privatised Centrelink is horrifying. Serco or Transfield or some other international money-grubbing company will have access to the most intimate personal information.

    Here’s a question – Will payments to individuals be cut because Centrelink/Big Brother considers their spending does not fit their ideas of what someone on welfare should be doing? It could happen, dictating what can be bought and what cannot, and with this rotten government it probably will.

  15. Thanks all – my OH has a chronic illness.
    It can go for months or years with little change .. and then a whole bunch of things will happen over a short period of time which puts us back on the medical roundabout for a while.
    We just take each day at a time, and try not to take periods of stability for granted.

    Leone, that’s exactly why I don’t have any ‘loyalty’ or ‘discount’ cards. My privacy is important to me.
    I even get snotty when the sales assistant tried to insist on pressing the Chq/Sav/Cr buttons for me, on the occasions when I do use a debit card for a purchase!

  16. Speaking of being ill … I picked up OH from Sydney Airport a couple of days ago.

    I had all the preparation right – clean sheets, clean bathroom and clean kitchen.

    The one thing that undid me was I forgot to take ‘pills’ off the kitchen bench and put them in a cupboard out of sight.

    She was very annoyed to find I’d been unwell while she was away and hadn’t told her (like what am I supposed to do? Say ‘ home from Europe cos’ I’m not feeling well enough to do a shop run’).

    Anyway I’ll survive the platelets problem and the disapproval.

  17. One of the major drawbacks of having a chronic illness is having to be on a diet. Following a diet, day after a day, is very frustrating. I feel for anyone affected by such conditions.

  18. gigi

    Among other things I have to take endless streams of vitamin pills … Jesus, I’m really over Vitamin C.

  19. L2 – Thanks for your summary of centrelink proposals and its relation to a Basics card.

    I too had thought that as spending is tracked if people can save money that will be an excuse to cut the pension. I can imagine that some bureaucrat will track sanitary protection purchases and put arbitrary limits on what can be purchased, and there will be other degrading punishments to deal with

  20. I hope two birds with one stone dosen’t backfire.Anything less than a reasonable swing to labor would give the msm to declare abbott back on track and baird the greatest nsw premier ever,winning against all odds.

  21. I may be wrong on this, but I do feel that the electorate, after the Vic. and Qld. election turnarounds, have connected the dots on the collusion between the state and Fed’ LNP. govt’s on selling them out in regards charges and privatisation…and I’m wondering on whether the public ‘quietness’ on the NSW. election is in reality a seething resentment against the party that will be hopefully played out at the election with a massive swing against Baird and his crooks.

  22. I feel for all those with chronic illness. It always puts pressure on the OH. We get up every morning and simply make what we can of the day. it sure beats the alternative. I must say that visiting this site turns the mind to better things, especially the chat on politics and some wonderful music videos.
    I think the site could do with a resident GP to prescribe what’s needed for all of us Old Pharts who live here at the Pub anticipating winning numbers on the Friday raffle and looking for inspiration away from the daily grind of modern politics

  23. So who is going to control the spending of the wealthy to make sure they don’t lose all their and everyone else’s money with bad management?

  24. gorgeousdunny1,

    Well done with DD, Fiona, and good to know that some care. Best wishes Socks and OH. I’m a bit the same, with only spasmodic posts, but haven’t got any major health/family issues.

    Couldn’t have said it better myself and totally agree with those comments.

    Cheers, Scorpio. xxxxx

  25. Al Palster,

    Maybe we can entice Diogenes to come across the road from that other place now & again.

    He always seems ready to dispense some advice to those who have some health or medical difficulty or just need some advice regarding their particular ailment.

    And his advice always seems very wise and informative. In my opinion, he is a top shelf medico and a hell of a nice bloke to go with it!

  26. gigilene,

    Funny enough, some people enjoy taking pills … They put so much faith in them.

    Diogenes agrees with that & also believes that a lot of them are unnecessary and most people would be better off having a healthy, balanced diet and take fish oil capsules regularly with adequate exercise.

    He believes most common ailments can be avoided or made manageable or fixed up by following that lifestyle.

    There’s not too much that I can disagree with in following that advice.

  27. scorpio

    Dio is right. I’m not sure about fish oil capsules … The trouble is many people, due to laziness often, prefer to rely on pills. I’ve seen some gorging themselves with fatty foods, creamy cakes, etc, and then turn around and take a high dose of anti-cholesterol tablets …

  28. Gee, I see Labor took up my suggestion from this morning:

    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.

    From this afternoon’s SMH:

    Remove Mike Baird and you remove Tony Abbott, Luke Foley tells the faithful
    According to Luke Foley, NSW voters have the opportunity for a two-for-one at Saturday’s election.

    “If Mr Baird goes next Saturday, Mr Abbott goes on the Monday,” the Labor leader told a crowd of the faithful at Burwood on Sunday.

    “If the people of NSW topple this government, they save their electricity network, they get more investment in our schools and hospitals, and Mr Abbott will be finished,” Mr Foley said, anticipating that a poor Coalition show in Saturday’s poll will force the hand of Coalition politicians in Canberra.


  29. C K Watt, I’m not holding my breath for an apology from the dishonourable member for Cook. The treatment of those workers offended me on multiple levels. I am a social worker myself, working in child protection, and like myself most of the people working in this profession are very passionate about children’s right to be safe and rights in general in accordance with the UNCROC. Those workers stood up and spoke out for those children and their parents and in order to shut them up the gov accused them of perpetrating child abuse themselves. It’s an utterly shameful state of affairs, locking up innocent people in isolated hell holes rife with abuse and violence, and them smearing those who seek to help them.

  30. BB
    Two birds,one stone. Dead right. One of the birds is a Jackass, while the other is a parrot. The question will be: we quite like the parrot, but we don’t want him to sell the wires on which he sits. Will we go with our nice selves, or with the instinct that once sold the wires will never again give us a perch and a dividend?

    As for the Jackass, just keep laughing. He’ll go away soon.

  31. According to Ghost, 54-46 is respondant allocated. By last election this poll is 58-42.


    Mar 22 2015 at 1:22 PM
    Updated 19 min ago
    Liberals’ Mike Baird pulls ahead in NSW: Fairfax Ipsos poll
    by Geoff Winestock

    NSW Premier Mike Baird looks set to snap the Coalition’s run of state election losses and secure a reduced but still solid majority next Saturday for his plan to privatise the state’s electricity networks.

    A Fairfax Ipsos poll conducted from Thursday to Saturday last week gives Mr Baird a two-party preferred lead of 54 per cent to 46 per cent and also shows slightly more voters now support instead of oppose Mr Baird’s key election pledge to lease the poles and wires and spend $20 billion of the proceeds on infrastructure.

    Mr Baird’s personal popularity has helped him weather the downdraft from Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s leadership problems. Mr Baird’s approval rating is stable at 60 per cent, and he has slightly increased his lead over Opposition Leader Luke Foley as preferred premier, compared to the last Fairfax Ipsos poll six weeks ago.


    There is still doubt however over whether the Coalition can secure the majority they need to pass the legislation for the poles and wires in the state’s upper house, where there are 394 candidates on the ballot paper and unpredictable flows in preferences.

    On first preferences, the Liberals are on 47 per cent and the ALP on 32. But the share of the vote for the anti-privatisation Greens has climbed slightly to 13, and “other”– which includes Fred Nile’s Christian Democrats, the Shooters and Fishers Party and the No Land Tax Party – has climbed from 7 per cent a year ago to 9 per cent.

  32. Important note. Ipsos poll TPP was respondant allocated prefs. Its 58-42 by last election prefs according to Ghost. But also note that in the final polls for the Victorian election nearly everyone said the result would be 52-48, except most arrived at that figure by last election prefs, while Ipsos arrived there by repondant allocated prefs. From the general lean of Ipsos, we can take it that 54-46 is really 54-46, and diregard the too high 58-42 alternate figure (unless more polls confirm it).


  33. Curious Jennifer Hewett article. Mentions Ipsos poll, talks up Baird, slams Abbott and says “business” (always a dubious term in political articles) prefers Turnbull. At least we know, as always, what side of the divide Jennifer is on.


    Mar 22 2015 at 5:04 PM
    Baird the last hope for business
    by Jennifer Hewett

    As the Abbott government falters, the electoral fate of the Baird Government in NSW next weekend is taking on even more significance for a despondent business community. Business leaders are telling themselves, albeit nervously, that Mike Baird will survive the scare campaign against electricity privatisation.

    The alternative is too appalling for them to contemplate. After all, the Baird government is now the only light still glimmering from the wreckage of their hopes for decent economic management in Australia.

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