From former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating, on the passing of
former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser -
"The death of Malcolm Fraser underwrites a great loss to Australia.
"Notwithstanding a controversial Prime Ministership, in later years he harboured one abiding and important idea about Australia – its need and its right to be a strategically independent country.
"He detested what he saw as our strategic subservience to the United States and our willingness to be easily led from the path of a truly independent foreign policy.
"His public life also enshrined other important principles: no truck with race or colour and no tolerance for whispered notions of exclusivity tinged by race.
"I always thought Malcolm would be around a lot longer. I must say, I wished he had been."
|Mrs & Mr Fraser|