Passing of Malcom Fraser marks the closure on a big chapter
THE death of former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser earlier today marks the closure of one of Australia's most significant political chapters, Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said.
Ms Landry was referring to the controversial sacking of Gough Whitlam, by Governor-General Sir John Kerr (November 1975), and the subsequent appointment of Malcolm Fraser as caretaker Prime Minister until an election.
"Mr Whitlam died last year, and now the passing of Malcom Fraser marks the closure on a big chapter of our political history," Ms Landry said.
"Both characters will always retain a place in our national political history for that event."
Mr Fraser was Prime Minister for nearly 8 years (1975-1983).
Ms Landry said: "People might recall that after the Hilton was bombed during CHOGM in 1978, Fraser lifted the profile of the Australian Federal Police and he was vocal in calling for an end to apartheid in places like South Africa."
"Mr Fraser, himself was an astute politician dating back to his earlier days as Defence Minister under Liberal PM John Gorton. It was said that Malcolm Fraser played a hand in undermining Gorton, resulting in Prime Minister Gorton's resignation," Ms Landry said.
"Today, I pay my respects to Mrs Tamie Fraser at this time.
"Country people would particularly remember Tamie Fraser for hosting many so-called tea parties to host visitors and dignitaries on behalf of her husband, the Prime Minister."