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Communities farewell Malcolm Fraser

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The passing of Malcolm Fraser is a sad loss for Australians. Leaving aside the controversial “dismissal” event of the 1970’s, with Gough Whitlam and Sir John Kerr, Malcolm Fraser was a great statesman and champion of ordinary Australians who showed no fear in being critical of his colleagues. He was also the last Liberal Party Prime Minister to practice Keynesian economics. Fraser also surprised his critics over immigration policy; according to 1977 Cabinet documents, the Fraser Government adopted a formal policy for "a humanitarian commitment to admit refugees for resettlement”. In retirement, Fraser became involved in international relief and humanitarian aid issues and, domestically, as a forthright liberal voice for human rights. He campaigned to abolish apartheid and strongly opposed white minority rule in Rhodesia. While Gough Whitlam initiated the fall of the White Australia Policy Malcolm Fraser took up the challenge and dismantled it. This gave the opportunity to many Asian students who graduated in the early 1970s from Australian universities to find a job and obtain permanent residency in Australia. In his own unique way, Malcolm Fraser was a champion of Multiculturalism in Australia. As a firm supporter of multiculturalism he established a government-funded multilingual radio and television network, the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), building on their first radio stations which had been established under the Whitlam Government. We will remember his moderate outlook in Australian politics which had a mass appeal, even from traditional Labor supporters. Many migrant Australians now in their 60’s or 70’s thank Malcolm Fraser for opening up immigration to Australia. The argument then was “Why let Canada or USA” have the benefit of those whose tertiary education Australia had heavily subsidized. This group has made a huge contribution to the development of Australia as a nation, and is a credit to Malcolm Fraser for his long term vision and confidence in young and educated immigrants. Mr Fraser would be long remembered for his strong stance on human rights and support for a multicultural Australia.   Rest in Peace. Jointly released: Dr Anthony Pun, OAM, Chairman   and  Mr Ajmer Singh Gill, Hon. Treasurer[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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