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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

In Opposition

When the Labor government of Gough Whitlam gained power in the 1972 election, Liberal Party leader Billy Snedden appointed Malcolm Fraser Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations. On 21 March 1975 Fraser challenged and defeated Snedden for the leadership. He remained Leader of the Opposition until 11 November 1975, when the Governor-General dismissed the Whitlam government and Fraser was installed as caretaker Prime Minister.

Records

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 to his second term as Minister for Education and Science (1971–72) and the eight months he was Leader of the Opposition in 1975. The files appear to have been a master set of press statements, speeches, speech notes, radio talks and transcripts of interviews maintained by Fraser's press staff, including David Barnett (Press Secretary, 1975–82).
(PARTIALLY TRANSFERRED TO UMA CUSTODY IN 2006)

Series: M1229
Quantity: 2 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1970–83: Department of the House of Representatives – Member for Wannon (CA 692); 1970–83: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Personal papers of Prime Minister Fraser – press releases as Leader of the Opposition and Prime Minister, November 1975 M1229, 23 PART 3

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