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FRASER, the Rt Hon. John Malcolm, CHBiography for FRASER, the Rt Hon. John Malcolm, CH

Member for Wannon (Vic)

Liberal Party of Australia



Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Wannon, Victoria, 1955. Re-elected 1958, 1961, 1963, 1966, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977 and 1980. Resigned 31.3.1983.


Parliamentary Appointments

Parliamentary Representative, Council of the Australian National University from 03.03.1964 to 26.01.1966


Ministerial Appointments

Minister for the Army from 26.1.1966 to 28.2.1968.

Minister for Education and Science from 28.2.1968 to 12.11.1969.

Cabinet Minister from 28.2.1968 to 8.3.1971.

Minister for Defence from 12.11.1969 to 8.3.1971.

Minister for Education and Science from 20.8.1971 to 5.12.1972.

Cabinet Minister from 20.8.1971 to 5.12.1972.

Cabinet Minister from 11.11.1975 to 11.3.1983.

Prime Minister from 11.11.1975 to 11.3.1983.


Committee Service

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs from 15.3.1962 to 16.3.1966.


Conferences Delegations and Visits

Visited United States at invitation of the US Government, 1964

Visited Indonesia, 1965

Visited Australian Forces in Vietnam in June-July 1966

Visited Philippines, Thailand, Laos and Malaysia, 1966

Visited Australian Forces in Vietnam in July-August 1967

Leader, Australian Cultural Mission to Italy, April 1969

Represented Australian Government at the Singapore 150th Anniversary Celebrations, August 1969

Visited Singapore June to attend the Five-Power Military Exercise, 1970

Visited New Zealand, November 1970

Visited USA, 1970

Visited Australian Forces in Vietnam in July-August 1970

Member, Australian Delegation to Papua New Guinea for Independence Day Celebrations, September 1975

Attended the funeral of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Abdul Razak, January 1976

Visited Singapore, January 1976

Attended South Pacific Forum, Rotorua, March 1976

Visited Japan and China, June 1976

Visited USA and Canada, July-August 1976

Visited Indonesia, September 1976

Leader, Commonwealth Parliamentary Delegation to the Constitutional Conventions, Hobart, October 1976

Visited Papua New Guinea, February 1977

Visited Europe and USA, June-July 1977

Attended South Pacific Forum, Rotorua, March 1977

Attended CHOGM, London, June 1977

Attended meeting following ASEAN summit, Kuala Lumpur, August 1977

Hosted first CHOGRM, Sydney, February 1978

Attended South Pacific Forum, Niue, September 1978

Attended Papua New Guinea Gift Ceremony, Port Moresby, October 1978

Official meeting Washington and New York, December 1978

Visited Tokyo, April 1978

Visited New York, London, Paris, Bonn, Singapore and Malaysia, June 1978

Leader, Commonwealth Parliamentary Delegation to the Constitutional Conventions, Perth, July 1978

Official meeting Washington and New York, January 1979

Official meeting UNCTAD V, Philippines, May 1979

Official meeting CHOGM, Zambia, August 1979

State visit to India, January 1979

Official visit to Indonesia, May 1979

Official visits to Seychelles and Nigeria, July 1979

Official visits to USA, Europe and New Zealand, January-February 1980

Official visit to New Zealand, March 1980

Official visit to Zimbabwe for Independence Day celebrations, April 1980

Official visit to Fiji, July 1980

Official meeting South Pacific Forum, Kiribati, July 1980

Official meeting CHOGRM, New Delhi, August-September 1980

Attended the funeral of the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr M. Ohira, Tokyo, July 1980

Attended the marriage of HRH the Prince of Wales, London, July 1981

Official visits to UK and India, July-August 1981

Official visits to Mexico, Canada and U.S.A., June 1981

Official visits to USA, Canada, Japan, Korea, May 1982

Official visits to Malaysia, China, Philippines and New Zealand, August 1982

Official visit to Fiji, October 1982


Parliamentary Party Positions

Member of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party Executive from 21.12.1972 to 21.3.1975.

Opposition Spokesman on Primary Industry and Labour Matters from 21.12.1972 to 21.3.1975.

Leader of the Opposition from 21.3.1975 to 11.11.1975.

Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party from 21.3.1975 to 11.3.1983.


Other Positions

Appointed a Member of Her Majesty's Privy Council, February 1976


Personal

Born 21.5.1930, Melbourne, Australia

Died 20.3.2015

Married


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

M.A (Oxon.)

Grazier


Honours

Appointed Companion of Honour, January 1977

Awarded Gold Medal by International B'nai B'rith, 1980


Electorate

Description: Rural

Location: South-western; following the 1977 Federal redistribution includes the country centres of Ararat, Casterton, Edenhope, Hamilton, Koroit, Mortlake, Port Fairy, Portland, Stawell and Warrnambool.

Area: 31225 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 67973 (at 18.10.1980)

Industries: Wool, dairying, wheat and other cereal crops, meat works, timber mills, flax, and linseed production, fishing and fish processing, stevedoring (at Portland), woollen mills, garment manufacture, pharmaceuticals, phosphatic fertilisers and building materials.

Electorate: Wannon includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorates of Portland and parts of Lowan, Ripon and Warrnambool.