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Malcolm Fraser: Guide to Archives of Australia's Prime Ministers


Chapter 2: Records about Malcolm Fraser in the National Archives of Australia

Minister for Education and Science, 1968–69 and 1971–72

Malcolm Fraser held the post of Minister for Education and Science on two occasions, the first from 1968 to 1969 under John Gorton. This was a period of expanding departmental responsibilities, with the growth in tertiary education and increased government funding to private schools. When William McMahon succeeded Gorton as Prime Minister, he appointed Fraser Minister for Education and Science in August 1971. Fraser retained the position until 2 December 1972 when the McMahon government lost office.

Records

GORTON AND MCMAHON MINISTRIES – CABINET FILES, 'CO' SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1968–72
This series comprises files maintained by the Secretary to Cabinet/Cabinet Secretariat and successor agencies during the period of the Gorton and McMahon ministries. The files contain copies of the submissions placed before Cabinet, the decisions made by Cabinet, and related correspondence and papers. Fraser was a minister in the cabinets of both Gorton and McMahon.
Series: A5882
Quantity: 32 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1968: Secretary to Cabinet/Cabinet Secretariat (I) (CA 3); 1969–71: Department of the Cabinet Office (CA 1285); 1971–72: Cabinet Office (CA 1472)
Education of handicapped children, 1969 A5882, CO542
Academic salaries in colleges of advanced education – Report of Inquiry, 1968–69 A5882, CO663
Migrant education program, 1970–72 A5882, CO843
Image 22: Minister for Science and Education Malcolm Fraser and Country Party MP John England visit the radio telescope, Parkes, 1969.

Image 22: Minister for Science and Education Malcolm Fraser and Country Party MP John England visit the radio telescope, Parkes, 1969.
CSIRO: AR1392
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SECOND GORTON MINISTRY – FOLDERS OF CABINET SUBMISSIONS, 1968–69
This is the series of submissions considered by the Gorton Cabinet between February 1968 and the election in October 1969 when Fraser was Minister for Education and Science. The items listed below are examples of the types of submissions on education matters that were brought to the Cabinet by Fraser.
Series: A5868
Quantity: 3 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1968–: Secretary to Cabinet/Cabinet Secretariat (I) (CA 3); 1969–: Department of the Cabinet Office (CA 1285)
Commonwealth program for primary and secondary school libraries, 1968 A5868, 3
Commonwealth assistance for the training of pre-school teachers, 1968 A5868, 136
Commonwealth expenditure on education, 1968 A5868, 187
Major school projects for Darwin and Alice Springs, 1969 A5868, 594
Commonwealth university and advanced education scholarship schemes, 1969 A5868, 641
MCMAHON MINISTRY – CABINET SUBMISSIONS, 1971–72
This is the series of submissions considered by Cabinet from March 1971, when McMahon became Prime Minister, until the defeat of the government at the federal election of December 1972. Fraser joined the Ministry as Minister for Education and Science in August 1971, a position he retained until the defeat of the government. The items listed below are examples of the types of submissions on education matters that were brought to the Cabinet by Fraser.
Series: A5908
Quantity: 6 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1971–72: Cabinet Office (CA 1472)
Additional assistance to government and independent schools, 1971 A5908, 425
Operation of schools in the Australian Capital Territory, 1972 A5908, 684
Teacher education policy, 1972 A5908, 765
PRESS RELEASES – SPEECHES, STATEMENTS, RADIO TALKS AND INTERVIEWS, 1970–83
This series of press releases was accumulated in Fraser's office mainly during his time as Minister for Defence (1970–71) and as Prime Minister (1975–83). Some papers, however, relate directly to his electorate interests as Member for Wannon, his second term as Minister for Education and Science (1971–72), and the eight months he was Leader of the Opposition (1975).
(PARTIALLY TRANSFERRED TO UMA CUSTODY IN 2006)

Series: M1229
Quantity: 2 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1971–72: Department of Education and Science, Central Office – Minister's Office (CA 1196); 1970–83: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Speeches as Minister for Education and Science – includes press statements, 1967–72 M1229, 10 PART 1
Speeches as Member for Wannon and Minister for Education and Science, 1972–75
Includes a draft chapter 'Principles, policy and manner'.
M1229, 10 PART 2
CORRESPONDENCE MAINTAINED AS MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND SCIENCE, 1971–72
The folders of correspondence in this series were maintained by Fraser during his second term as Minister for Education and Science (1971–72). The subject matter closely relates to the portfolio interests, including Commonwealth policy, universities, colleges of advanced education, technical institutions, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) projects, financial assistance to education in remote areas, and grants to independent schools and other bodies.
Series: M1365
Quantity: 1 metre (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1971–72: Department of Education and Science, Central Office – Minister's Office (CA 1196); 1971–72: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Correspondence 'C', 1972
Comprises correspondence maintained as Minister for Education and Science; includes Community Standards Organisation representation relating to the controversial Little Red Schoolbook.
M1365, 8 PART 2
CORRESPONDENCE WITH FEDERAL AND STATE PARLIAMENTARIANS MAINTAINED AS MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND SCIENCE, 1971–72
The files of correspondence in this series were maintained by Fraser during his second term as Minister for Education and Science in the McMahon government (1971–72). The correspondence mainly relates to matters dealt with by the Education and Science portfolio at a policy level and in respect of individual cases. Some papers specific to Liberal Party issues, parliamentary procedures and to Fraser's electorate interests can also be found in the files.
Series: M1368
Quantity: 1 metre (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1971–72: Department of Education and Science, Central Office – Minister's Office (CA 1196); 1971–72: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Correspondence – DL Chipp (Minister for Customs and Excise), 1971–72
Includes papers relating to the Little Red Schoolbook.
M1368, 21 PART 1
Correspondence 'F' – includes WC Fife, J FitzPatrick, AJ Forbes, EMC Fox, AD Fraser, 1969–72
Includes a paper relating to wildlife conservation by Dr EL Kozicky.
M1368, 11
Correspondence – Prime Minister (William McMahon), 1971–72 M1368, 51 PART 3
SPEECHES, SPEECH NOTES AND MINISTERIAL STATEMENTS, 1968–69
This series contains speeches, speech notes and statements made by Fraser during his first term as Minister for Education and Science (1968–69). The papers mainly concern tertiary education funding, universities, colleges of advanced education, rural industries research and the government approach to science. Also included in the series, however, is a set of documents tabled in the House of Representatives in September 1968 concerning the RAAF's controversial purchase of F111 aircraft.
Series: M1375
Quantity: 0.09 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1968–69: Department of Education and Science, Central Office – Minister's Office (CA 1196); 1968–69: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Speeches and speech notes as Minister for Education and Science, 1968
Relates to tertiary education, Commonwealth Universities Congress, rural industries research and Australia's role in Asia; includes documents tabled in the House of Representatives relating to the purchase of F111 aircraft (26 September 1968).
M1375, 1
Speeches, speech notes and statements as Minister for Education and Science, 1961–69
Relates to government approaches to science, the Great Barrier Reef, external study facilities, government–university relations, and the 1970–72 triennium tertiary education and research grants program.
M1375, 2
MOTION PICTURE FILM DUPLICATING COPIES OF M1339, AUDIO TAPE REELS AND CASSETTES, 2003–
This series contains audiovisual reference copies of M1339, audio tape reels and cassettes. These reference copies were created to ensure the preservation of the original records. They are to be used for reference purposes only.
Series: M4389
Quantity: 0.23 metres (Sydney)
Recorded by: 2003: National Archives of Australia, Sydney Office (CA 8559); 2003: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Malcolm Fraser, Minister for Education and Science (moving images), 1966–75 M4389, 23SOUND

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Records about Malcolm Fraser in the National Archives of Australia