Access speeches, legislation, and other online resources related to Malcolm Fraser.
Malcolm Fraser Oration at the University of Melbourne
In 2017 the University of Melbourne hosted the inaugural Malcolm Fraser Oration. The oration was established in memory of Mr Fraser and his vision for Australia, particularly in relation to human rights. It is fitting that the first lecture was given by Mr Julian Burnside AO QC, a prominent human rights and refugee advocate.
Important Parliamentary Speeches
Access the content of every major speech given by Malcolm Fraser outside of Parliament, from 1971 to 2014. The breadth and depth of subject matter confirm Fraser's reputation as an internationally engaged, respected and knowledgeable commentator. Topics include relations with China and Australian foreign policy, the rights of asylum seekers, the role of the ideology of liberalism, the role of the Commonwealth, human rights, nuclear weapons and more. This also includes the 1971 Deakin lecture in which Fraser uttered the line for which he will be remembered, "There is within me some part of the metaphysic, and thus I would add that life is not meant to be easy."
The following documents are major legislation passed by the Fraser government.
A day-by-day account of the Shadow Cabinet meetings (with links to scanned copies of the original minutes) in the period from the decision to block supply in the Senate to the dismissal of the Whitlam Government.
Radio Electorate Talks
From the beginning of his parliamentary career to the end, Malcolm Fraser undertook almost weekly speeches for the local radio stations in his electorate of Wannon. Over 700 transcripts of these speeches have been digitised and made available online.