Given Malcolm was an Australian PM thought he at least deserved a thread
In power I didn't warm to him, he was at the time as I remember one of the most ruthless politicians I could ever remember even comparing him to Abbott / Rudd etc.
But I always thought the country was in a safe pair of hands and remember well his stopping of sand mining on Fraser island.
I also remember his treasurer at the time undermining him at every opportunity (Howard) and wonder if the lack of economic reform (later taken up by Keating) was due to a under performing Howard.
Listening to Fred Chaney on ABC radio talk about how Fraser over time didn't move his political views rather politics has lurched to the far right similar unfortunately to the US.
For some one raised from a wealthy privileged back ground with the accent to boot he certainly had what simply doesn't exist today in the Australian Liberal Party and only just in the Labor Party was a social conscience and moral compass.
BTW Chaney is no longer a member of the Liberal party today as well.
Malcolm Fraser, a leader who believed there is a moral compass in our nationís life
The essence of Malcolm Fraserís politics seemed to come from a fundamental belief in the dignity and worth of the individual. If he had a Team Australia, it was a team we were all entitled to be part ofhttp://www.theguardian.com/commentis...r-nations-lifeIt has often been said in more recent years that Malcolm changed after he left the prime ministership, that he moved to the left. It would be surprising if in the 40 years after he left parliament, none of his views had changed. He himself has recorded his shift in the area of foreign policy. But in that 40 years, as the whole political system shifted to the right, it would have been surprising if he had been in sympathy with many of the new policies of both sides of politics.
My wife Angela, who I enrolled in the University Liberal Club on her first day at the University of Western Australia, has observed that the party I joined no longer exists. And of course you could say the same thing about the Labor party of that era and the Labor party today. But on the issues which led me to become a firm supporter of Malcolm he was extraordinarily consistent.