Malcolm Fraser was Australia’s 22nd Prime Minister, serving from 1975 until 1983.
Fraser came to office in tumultuous circumstances. Having provoked a constitutional crisis by refusing to pass the Whitlam government’s budget through the Senate in October 1975, Fraser became Prime Minister on November 11 after Whitlam was dismissed by the Governor-General.
Fraser’s Liberal-National Coalition government went to to win the 1975 election in the biggest landslide in Australian political history. It was re-elected in 1977 and 1980 but was defeated by Bob Hawke and the ALP in February 1983.
At the time of his defeat, Fraser was Australia’s second longest-serving prime minister. His time in office was surpassed by Hawke and John Howard and Fraser is now the fourth longest-serving.
- Dec 13, 2012: Today’s Electoral Anniversaries: Hughes And Fraser
- Dec 09, 2012: More Anniversaries: Three Elections, A Floating Dollar And The Redfern Speech
- Jun 06, 2012: Malcolm Fraser’s Whitlam Oration
- Jan 01, 2012: Cabinet Papers From 1982-1983 Released
- Dec 09, 2011: Sir Zelman Cowen, Governor-General After Kerr, Dies, 92
- Jan 01, 2011: 1980 Cabinet Papers Released
- Dec 31, 2005: 1975 Cabinet Papers Released
- Mar 30, 2004: Sir Rupert Hamer, Former Victorian Premier, Genuine Liberal, Dies, 87
- Aug 24, 2000: Malcolm Fraser: The Past We Need To Understand
- Mar 05, 1984: A Year After His Defeat, Malcolm Fraser Talks To Peter Couchman
- Mar 05, 1983: Malcolm Fraser Concedes Defeat In 1983 Federal Election
- Mar 05, 1983: Video Scenes From 1983 Federal Election Night
- Mar 01, 1983: 1983 Federal Election: Liberal Party TV Advertisement
- Feb 15, 1983: Malcolm Fraser’s 1983 Federal Election Policy Speech
- Feb 15, 1983: Norm Gallagher Jailed; Fraser Prepares For Policy Speech; Don Chipp’s Senate Campaign
- Feb 03, 1983: Fraser Calls Early Election As Hawke Replaces Hayden
- Apr 28, 1981: Andrew Peacock Resigns From Fraser Government
- Sep 30, 1980: 1980 Federal Election: Malcolm Fraser Liberal Party Policy Speech
- Oct 27, 1977: Fraser Calls An Early 1977 Federal Election; Whitlam Responds
- Mar 09, 1971: Malcolm Fraser’s Resignation Speech: “Disloyalty Intolerable And Not To Be Endured”