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Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser (1975-83)

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.

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