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Vale Malcolm Fraser



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20 March 2015

Vale Malcolm Fraser

Federal Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, extended his sincerest sympathies to the family of the late Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser CH AC, the 22nd Prime Minister of Australia.

Mr Hartsuyker said that the nation had lost an experienced and insightful leader, who had delivered to the Coalition the largest electoral win in Australian political history.

“Prime Minister Fraser made a significant contribution to Australia by restoring the nation to sound economic management,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

Mr Fraser, who took office during the 1975 Constitutional crisis, had many outstanding achievements as Prime Minister. “His Government should be proud of their achievements,” Mr Hartsuyker said. They:

• Founded the Commonwealth Ombudsman, the Australian Federal Police, the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) and the National Crimes Commission; • Created the Freedom of Information Act; • Gave indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory control of their

traditional lands; • Commenced the deregulation of the financial system; • Declared the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park; • Welcomed the resettlement of Vietnamese refugees; • Took a strong stance against apartheid in South Africa and Rhodesia; and • Protected Fraser Island from sand mining.

Mr Fraser subsequently served Australia at the United Nations and as a member of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group. He also undertook work on behalf of several charitable organisations, including as President of Care International in 1991.

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