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. The first lecture was given by Mr Julian Burnside AO QC, a prominent human rights and refugee advocate. The 2019 lecture was given by The Rt Hon Christopher Patten has had a long and distinguished career in public and political life, and was the last Governor of Hong Kong, overseeing the handover to China in 1997. He served as one of the United Kingdom’s representatives on the European Commission and was elected as Chancellor of the University of Oxford in 2003.
Extra- and post-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."
Important Parliamentary Speeches
The following documents are major legislation passed by the Fraser government.
The Australian Prime Ministers Centre
The Australian Prime Ministers Centre (APMC) is a cross-disciplinary national centre for research and engagement around Australia’s prime ministers.