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Fraser Attacks Howard Over Reconciliation

Former Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has attacked the Howard Government’s policies on Aboriginal Reconciliation.

Delivering the Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture in Darwin, Fraser called for a bill of rights and said the Australian government had failed in its duty of care to the Aborigines involved in the stolen generation case thrown out by the Federal Court earlier this month.

“Legislation is now niggling away at the rights of individuals or groups,” Fraser said, in a reference to the Howard government’s intention to amend the Sex Discrimination Act to allow State governments to restrict access to IVF treatment.

Fraser was the Liberal Prime Minister between 1975 and 1983. He came to office on November 11, 1975 following the Dismissal of the Whitlam government. John Howard was his Treasurer between 1977-83.

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