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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

Prime Minister, 1975–83

Malcolm Fraser was Australia's 22nd Prime Minister, from 1975 until 1983, when Labor (led by Bob Hawke) gained power. In economic policy, the Fraser government worked to reduce expenditure and provide responsible economic management. Fraser supported strong defence spending, and reinforced Australia's diplomatic and trade relations with the countries of East and South-East Asia. He had an important influence on the changing relations of countries within the British Commonwealth.

This section begins with a list of records that cover Fraser's term as Prime Minister, including the key correspondence series of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (A1209) and Cabinet records. Keyword searches within A1209 on the National Archives' collection database, RecordSearch, are an efficient way of locating material of interest (naa.gov.au).

As well as listing general records from Fraser's time as Prime Minister, this section includes details of records on the following key issues of the Fraser government:

Records

CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH OCCASIONAL 'C' (CLASSIFIED) SUFFIX, 1957–
This series contains the classified files relating to general and policy matters handled by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Subjects range from departmental and domestic matters to foreign affairs, and reflect the functions of the department in the political, cultural, economic, industrial and defence fields.
Series: A1209
Quantity: 1207 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1957–71: Prime Minister's Department (CA 12)
Messages of congratulations to Prime Minister, Mr Malcolm Fraser following the 1975 election, 1975–76 A1209, 1975/3130
Significant policy commitments, 1977 election, 1980 election – follow up 1981 A1209, 1981/647 PART 3
FRASER MINISTRIES – CABINET FILES, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH 'LC' PREFIX, 1975–83
This series comprises the main correspondence files of the Cabinet Office for administering Cabinet business during the Fraser government, from November 1975 to March 1983. It covers the full range of Cabinet-related activities including procedural matters on the operation of the Cabinet.
Series: A10756
Quantity: 105 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1975–83: Cabinet Office (CA 1472)
Use of the term 'Commonwealth', 1975–82 A10756, LC55
The Australian national anthem, 1976–82
Submission Nos 1825, 1898, 2495 and 5271 refer.
A10756, LC91 PART 1
Monetary policy external aspects, 1976–78
Submission No. 990 refers.
A10756, LC1791 PART 1
Monetary policy internal aspects, 1977–78 A10756, LC1792 PART 2
Committee of Inquiry into Australian Financial System – Campbell Report, 1978–82
Submission Nos 4970, 4971, 5207 and 5299 refer.
A10756, LC2525 PART 1
FRASER MINISTRIES – FOLDERS OF CABINET AND CABINET COMMITTEE MEETINGS ATTENDANCE SHEETS, 1975–82
This series includes sheets recording the attendance of ministers at meetings of Cabinet and Cabinet committees, from the beginning of the Fraser government in November 1975 to the end of 1979.
Series: A12575
Quantity: 0.60 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1975–82: Cabinet Office (CA 1472)
Fraser ministries – Cabinet and Cabinet committee meetings attendance sheets – Folder No. 1 (meetings held in 1975 and 1976), November 1975 – December 1976 A12575, 1
PRIME MINISTER'S VISITORS BOOKS, THE LODGE, CANBERRA, 1966–
This series records official visitors to The Lodge, the Prime Minister's residence in Canberra.
Series: A2443
Quantity: 0.45 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1971–: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet – Prime Minister's Office (CA 1401)
Prime Minister's visitors book, 1976–80
Includes the signatures of the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Michael Somare, West Indies cricket team, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the Royal Family, Governor-General Sir John Kerr, those attending the first meeting of the Australiana Fund and the International Year of the Child breakfast, and prominent Australian and overseas visitors.
A2443, 3
RADIO ARCHIVES LIBRARY RECORDINGS, RADIO AUDIO PRODUCTION MATERIAL, 1973–
This series consists of master tapes kept by the Australian Broadcasting Commission Radio Archives of programs considered to merit permanent retention due to their historical and/or artistic value.
Series: C100
Quantity: 1712 metres (Sydney)
Recorded by: 1973–83: Australian Broadcasting Commission, Head Office (CA 251); 1983–: Australian Broadcasting Commission – Radio Archives (CA 6879)
This Day Tonight, talk back with Malcolm Fraser, 29 November 1977
Format: sound recording; quantity: 1 audio tape reel.
C100, 78/7/87 M
SUBJECT FILES MAINTAINED AS PRIME MINISTER, 1975–83
This series of subject files was maintained in the Prime Minister's Office during Fraser's prime ministership. It covers the entire period of his term in office with the exception of the final six weeks (February–March 1983). The files are titled according to their subject, a particular person or an institution.
Series: M1268
Quantity: 8 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1975–83: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet – Prime Minister's Office (CA 1401); 1975–83: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Personal papers of Prime Minister Fraser, ABC 'Monday Conference' transcripts, 1976
Includes interviews with Fraser, Gough Whitlam (Leader of the Opposition), Lee Kuan Yew (Prime Minister of Singapore), and Bob Hawke (President of the Australian Labor Party and Australian Council of Trade Unions).
M1268, 234
VIDEO CASSETTES, 1975–82
This series is an assorted collection of video cassettes mainly relating to Fraser as Prime Minister (1975–83). Many of the cassettes contain interviews with Fraser or coverage of him for Australian television programs, including ABC News, This Day Tonight, 60 Minutes, A Current Affair, Mike Walsh Show, Willesee at Seven, Nationwide and This Week in Canberra.
Series: M1338
Quantity: 6 metres (Sydney)
Recorded by: 1975–82: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (CA 1401); 1975–82: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
ABC News, This Day Tonight – personal papers of Prime Minister John Malcolm Fraser, 1976
Quantity: 1 videotape; duration: 57 minutes.
M1338, 45
ABC News – 18 February; This Day Tonight – 17 March; ABC News – 25 March; CP policy speech – 7 April; Willesee at Seven – 19 November – personal papers of Prime Minister John Malcolm Fraser, 1976
Quantity: 1 videotape; duration: 31 minutes, 41 seconds.
M1338, 118
VIDEO REFERENCE COPIES OF M1338, VIDEO CASSETTES, 2004
This series contains audiovisual reference copies of M1338, video cassettes. They were created to ensure the preservation of the original records. The format of these copies may differ from the format of the original item. They are to be used for reference purposes only.
Series: M4382
Quantity: 3 metres (Sydney)
Recorded by: 2004: National Archives of Australia, Sydney Office (CA 8559); 2004: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
ABC News, This Day Tonight – personal papers of Prime Minister John Malcolm Fraser, 1976
Quantity: 1 videotape; duration: 57 minutes.
M4382, 45

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Aboriginal affairs

Perhaps the most notable legislation relating to Indigenous people during Fraser's time in government was the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976.

Records

CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH OCCASIONAL 'C' (CLASSIFIED) SUFFIX, 1957–
This series contains the classified files relating to general and policy matters handled by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Subjects range from departmental and domestic matters to foreign affairs, and reflect the functions of the department in the political, cultural, economic, industrial and defence fields.
Series: A1209
Quantity: 1207 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1957–71: Prime Minister's Department (CA 12)
Aurukun bauxite project – Aboriginal interests, 1976 A1209, 1976/421 PART 1
Aurukun bauxite project – Aboriginal interests, 1976–80 A1209, 1976/421 PART 2
Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Bill, 1976 A1209, 1976/1902 PART 1
Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Bill, 1976–77 A1209, 1976/1902 PART 2
Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Bill, 1977–78 A1209, 1976/1902 PART 3
Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Bill, 1978 A1209, 1976/1902 PART 4
FRASER MINISTRIES – CABINET FILES, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH 'LC' PREFIX, 1975–83
This is the main series of correspondence files maintained in the Cabinet Office for the administration of Cabinet business during the period of the Fraser government (1975–83). It covers the full range of Cabinet-related activities, including procedural matters concerning the operation of the Cabinet system itself.
Series: A10756
Quantity: 105 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1975–83: Cabinet Office (CA 1472)
Aboriginal land rights (Aurukun mining), 1976–78
Submission No. 141 refers.
A10756, LC180
Government's Aboriginal policy, 1976–78
Submission Nos 438, 439, 448, 563, 654, 667, 685, 687, 704, 705 and 706 refer.
A10756, LC793 PART 1
National Employment Strategy for Aboriginals, 1977–79
Submission Nos 1185, 2540 and 2688 refer.
A10756, LC1381 PART 1
SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH AND FIFTH FRASER MINISTRIES – CABINET SUBMISSIONS (WITH DECISIONS), 1975–83
This series consists of submissions received by the Cabinet Office during the terms of the Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Fraser ministries (1975–83).
Series: A12909
Quantity: 51 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1975–83: Cabinet Office (CA 1472)
Implementation of party policy on Aboriginal land rights, 1976
Submission No. 265; Decisions 506 and 896.
A12909, 265
Aboriginal land rights, 1976
Submission No. 287; Decisions 506 and 896.
A12909, 287
National Employment Strategy for Aboriginals, 1977
Immediate action proposed by the Department of Education for the Northern Territory. Submission No 1841; Decision 4393 (Ad Hoc).
A12909, 1841
Proposed Queensland Government takeover of management of Aurukun and Mornington Island Reserves, 1978
Submission No. 2046; Decision 4909.
A12909, 2046
Self-management for Queensland Aboriginal reserves, 1978
Submission No. 2080; Decision 4935.
A12909, 2080
FRASER MINISTRIES – CABINET PAPERS (SOME WITH DECISIONS), 1976–79
This series consists of registered papers that were introduced at meetings of Cabinet or Cabinet committees by a minister to support a proposal or matter under discussion where no formal submission had been made.
Series: A12933
Quantity: 6 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1976–79: Cabinet Office (CA 1472)
Coordination of negotiations between the Commonwealth and the Northern Land Council, 1978
Cabinet Paper No. 263: Minister responsible: Mr Viner (Aboriginal Affairs) – presented at Ad Hoc Committee meeting, 15 March 1978 – Decision No. 4871.
A12933, 263
CORRESPONDENCE WITH GOVERNMENT MINISTERS AND OTHER MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, 1979–83
The series contains correspondence with government ministers and other members of Parliament. Files for individual ministers mostly focus on issues specific to their portfolio, whereas the files for other members of Parliament tend to cover a broader range of subjects.
Series: M1266
Quantity: 0.90 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1979–83: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet – Prime Minister's Office (CA 1401); 1979–83: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Correspondence 'R', 1979–82
Includes correspondence with Philip Ruddock, Margaret Reid and AC Rocher, and papers relating to Aboriginal land rights and the Tasmanian Transport Workers' Union strike.
M1266, 40
Correspondence with the Hon Ian Viner, 1980–82
Contains correspondence with Ian Viner as Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs, Leader of the House of Representatives, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Defence Support; includes papers relating to unemployment, employment of disabled people, national employment strategy for Aborigines, and talk-back radio programs.
M1266, 46
CORRESPONDENCE WITH NON-MINISTERIAL GOVERNMENT MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, 1976–79
Various government and parliamentary matters are discussed in the correspondence in this series, including parliamentary reform, Party Room ballots and leaks, requests from backbenchers for more participation in the formulation of government policy, electoral tactics and election campaigns. Other papers relate to public service matters. Non-parliamentary matters include the Medibank levy, Aboriginal welfare, racial discrimination in Ceduna (South Australia), Ayers Rock Tourist Village, immigration, East Timor, subsidies for farmers, live sheep exports, whaling industry, uranium mining in the Northern Territory, wool growing, management of national parks, and funding for political strikes, youth employment and the Dandenong Sewerage Authority.
Series: M1334
Quantity: 1 metre (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1976–79: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet – Prime Minister's Office (CA 1401); 1976–79: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Correspondence – government members of Parliament, 1976–77
Contains correspondence with the Hon WC Wentworth, including papers relating to the Budget, interest rates, Senate election, Aboriginal land rights legislation, funeral benefits, vulnerability of large ships and the booklet What's Wrong with Socialism?
M1334, 22
ELECTORATE SECRETARY'S MINISTRY FILES, 1978–81
This small series consists of 18 folders maintained by Fraser's Electorate Secretary while he was Prime Minister. The papers were generated by his ministers, however, and are not electorate records. Rather, they are information papers (or copies) received in the Prime Minister's Office, stamped as such and passed to the Electorate Secretary apparently on a 'need-to-know' basis.
Series: M1371
Quantity: 0.18 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1978–81: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet – Prime Minister's Office (CA 1401)
Aboriginal affairs, 1979–80
Includes papers relating to the National Aboriginal Conference, government funding 1980–81, and an address by F Chaney to the first meeting of the Aboriginal Development Commission.
M1371, 1
Image 24: Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Ian Viner at the opening of the Bakandji Housing Co-op, Wilcannia, New South Wales, 1980.

Image 24: Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Ian Viner at the opening of the Bakandji Housing Co-op, Wilcannia, New South Wales, 1980.
NAA: A8598, AK27/2/80/81
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Apartheid and sport

A strong opponent of apartheid, Fraser supported reform in South Africa. At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Scotland, he argued strongly for widespread opposition to apartheid. The Gleneagles Agreement against apartheid in sport resulted from this meeting.

Records

CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH OCCASIONAL 'C' (CLASSIFIED) SUFFIX, 1957–
This series contains the classified files relating to general and policy matters handled by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Subjects range from departmental and domestic matters to foreign affairs, and reflect the functions of the department in the political, cultural, economic, industrial and defence fields.
Series: A1209
Quantity: 1207 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1957–71: Prime Minister's Department (CA 12)
Apartheid in sport in South Africa, 1973–76 A1209, 1973/6671
South African Apartheid Policy – general, 1973–77 A1209, 1977/881 PART 1
South African Apartheid Policy – general, 1977–78 A1209, 1977/881 PART 2
South African Apartheid Policy – general, 1977–78 A1209, 1977/881 PART 3
South African Apartheid Policy – general, 1979 A1209, 1977/881 PART 4
CORRESPONDENCE FILES (FOREIGN AFFAIRS), 1948–89
This series comprises the main correspondence files of the Department of External Affairs (II) from 1948 to 1970, the Department of Foreign Affairs from 1970 to 1987, and the Foreign Affairs section of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade from mid-1987 to the end of 1989.
Series: A1838
Quantity: 3372 metres (Canberra), 0.18 metres (Brisbane)
Recorded by: 1970–87: Department of Foreign Affairs, Central Office (CA 1382)
South Africa – cultural – sport (including visits to and from other countries except Australia), 1977 A1838, 201/5/4 PART 12
South Africa – visit to Australia – sporting teams from South Africa, 1976–77 A1838, 201/10/10/3 PART 9
South Africa – visit to Australia – sporting teams from South Africa, 1977–78 A1838, 201/10/10/3 PART 10
Political subjects of United Nations concern – Africa – apartheid and sport, 1977 A1838, 916/1/8 PART 7
MASTER SET OF DEPARTMENTAL BRIEFS FOR, AND REPORTS ON, INTERNATIONAL OFFICIAL TALKS, MINISTERIAL VISITS, 1945–
This series consists of a master set of briefs and briefing notes prepared by the Department of Foreign Affairs for ministers and senior officials on official visits to foreign countries when representing Australia at meetings and conferences of international organisations, partaking in official talks with other governments, or preparing official reports on the meetings.
Series: A2539
Quantity: 85 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1970–87: Department of Foreign Affairs, Central Office (CA 1382)
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, 1977
Includes minutes of sessions and memoranda, London (8–15 June 1977).
A2539, B77/000062
SPEECH NOTES AND RELATED PAPERS, 1972–83
This series consists of Fraser's speech notes, addresses, articles and related papers. They date from early March 1972, when Fraser was Minister for Education and Science in the McMahon government, to February 1983, shortly before the end of his own government. It includes the period when he was an Opposition spokesman (1973–75) and Leader of the Opposition (March to November 1975) during the Whitlam government.
(PARTIALLY TRANSFERRED TO UMA CUSTODY IN 2006)

Series: M1263
Quantity: 10 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1975–83: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet – Prime Minister's Office (CA 1401); 1972–83: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, 1977
Includes a statement on apartheid in sport (14 June 1977).
M1263, 463
SUBJECT FILES MAINTAINED AS PRIME MINISTER, 1975–83
This series of subject files was maintained in the Prime Minister's Office during Fraser's prime ministership (1975–83). It covers the entire period of his term in office with the exception of the final six weeks (February to March 1983).
(PARTIALLY TRANSFERRED TO UMA CUSTODY IN 2006)

Series: M1268
Quantity: 8 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1975–83: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet – Prime Minister's Office (CA 1401); 1975–83: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Heads of Government correspondence, 1977 M1268, 292
SENIOR ADVISERS' RESEARCH MATERIAL, SECOND SERIES, 1977–80
This series consists of folders of research material accumulated and used by Fraser's senior advisers during the middle period of his prime ministership (1977–80). The advisory staff at the time included Petro Georgiou, Alan Jones and Ian Renard. A series of similar research material (M1276) covers the years 1975 and 1976.
(PARTIALLY TRANSFERRED TO UMA CUSTODY IN 2006)

Series: M1277
Quantity: 2 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1977–80: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet – Prime Minister's Office (CA 1401); 1977–80: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Apartheid – Southern Africa (relates to sport), 1977 M1277, 12

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Cabinet

There were five Fraser ministries (and five cabinets) between 1975 and 1983. The first was the caretaker government formed between the dismissal of the Whitlam government on 11 November 1975 and the swearing in of the new Fraser government on 22 December 1975.

The key Cabinet records of the Fraser government are submissions, decisions and Cabinet Office files (known as LC files). An additional type of Cabinet record – Cabinet papers (later replaced by Cabinet memorandums) – was introduced during the Fraser years.

Related records for the Fraser Cabinet held by the National Archives include the personal collections of Malcolm Fraser, as well as those of key members of his Cabinet (including Doug Anthony, Philip Lynch, Andrew Peacock, John Howard, Ian Macphee and Ian Sinclair).

Detailed information about Cabinet records, including digitised copies of documents, is available on the National Archives' website (naa.gov.au).

Records

FIRST FRASER MINISTRY – FOLDER OF CABINET DECISIONS, 1975
This series contains a copy of all decisions made at Cabinet meetings during the term of the First Fraser Ministry, filed by decision number. The First Fraser Ministry was in effect an interim ministry of 15 members, sworn in as a caretaker government on 11 November 1975, following the dismissal of the Whitlam government. It remained in place for six weeks while the outcome of the election, set for 13 December 1975, was determined. During this time there were two meetings of Cabinet.
Series: A13050
Quantity: 0.09 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1975: Cabinet Office (CA 1472)
Cabinet Minute – Cabinet procedures – without submission 12 November 1975, Decision 1, 1975 A13050, 1
Cabinet Minute – ministerial staff and staff of office holders and former office holders during the caretaker period – without submission, 1975 A13050, 9
Cabinet Minute – complaints to the Governor-General regarding the caretaker government – without submission 1975 A13050, 28
FRASER MINISTRIES – FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND DEFENCE COMMITTEE PAPERS (WITH DECISIONS), 1976
This series consists of registered papers that were considered at meetings of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee (of Cabinet) between February and December 1976, and in relation to which a Cabinet decision was made by the committee.
Series: A12934
Quantity: 0.36 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1976: Cabinet Office (CA 1472)
Recent trends in United States foreign policy, 1976
FAD Paper No. 3: Minister responsible: Mr Peacock (Foreign Affairs) – presented at FAD Committee meeting, 6 February 1976 – Decision 201 (FAD).
A12934, FAD3
Policy and organisation to counter international terrorism, 1976 A12934, FAD23
Image 25: The front page of a Cabinet submission to restrict cigarette advertising on television, 1976.

Image 25: The front page of a Cabinet submission to restrict cigarette advertising on television, 1976.
NAA: A12909, 185
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FRASER MINISTRIES – CABINET FILES, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH 'LC' PREFIX, 1975–83
When a new government takes office, the Cabinet Office will close off the current main correspondence file series documenting Cabinet business and begin a new series for the incoming government. This series is the main series of correspondence files maintained in the Cabinet Office for the administration of Cabinet business for the period of the Fraser government (1975–83).
Series: A10756
Quantity: 105 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1975–83: Cabinet Office (CA 1472)
Establishment of the Family Court of Australia, 1976 A10756, LC19
Moscow Olympic Games, 1977–80
Submission Nos 2763, 2884 and 3748 refer.
A10756, LC2803 PART 1
SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH AND FIFTH FRASER MINISTRIES – CABINET SUBMISSIONS (WITH DECISIONS), 1975–83
This series consists of submissions received in the Cabinet Office during the terms of the Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Fraser ministries (1975–83).
Series: A12909
Quantity: 51 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1975–83: Cabinet Office (CA 1472)
Restriction of cigarette and cigarette tobacco advertising on television and radio, 1976
Submission No. 185; Decision 367.
A12909, 185
Torres Strait – state of negotiations with Papua New Guinea, 1976
Submission No. 813; Decision 1895 (FAD).
A12909, 813
Review of health insurance arrangements, 1978
Submission No. 2083 – amendment to Health Insurance Act 1973 – Decisions 5093 and 5125.
A12909, 2083
Characteristics of unemployment benefit recipients, 1978
Submission No. 2085; Decision 5112.
A12909, 2085
Australian Royal Commission of Inquiry into Drugs, 1981
Submission No. 5158 – uniform legislation proposals in Book 'F' of the Australian Royal Commission of Inquiry into Drugs Report – related to Decision No. 16987.
A12909, 5158
FRASER MINISTRIES – CABINET PAPERS (SOME WITH DECISIONS), 1976–79
This series consists of registered papers that were introduced at meetings of Cabinet or Cabinet committees by a minister to support a proposal or matter under discussion where no formal submission had been made.
Series: A12933
Quantity: 6 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1976–79: Cabinet Office (CA 1472)
Ananda Marga – supplementary comment, 1978
Cabinet Paper No. 212: Minister responsible: Mr Mackellar (Immigration and Ethnic Affairs) – presented at Cabinet meeting, 17 January 1978.
A12933, 212
Report of Interdepartmental Committee on Economic Strategy, 1978
Cabinet Paper No. 249: Ministers responsible: Mr Fraser (Prime Minister and Cabinet), Mr Robinson (Finance), Mr Howard (Treasury) and Reserve Bank – presented at Cabinet meeting, 23 February 1978.
A12933, 249
Sydney Futures Exchange regarding the establishment of a currency futures market, 1978
Cabinet Paper No. 250: Minister responsible: Mr Fraser (Prime Minister and Cabinet) – presented at Cabinet meeting, 23 February 1978 – Decision 4706.
A12933, 250
Management of the exchange rate, 1978
Cabinet Paper No. 261: Ministers responsible: Mr Fraser (Prime Minister and Cabinet), Mr Howard (Treasury) and Reserve Bank (and Messrs Carmody, Knight and Wheeler – 'The Group of Three') – presented at Cabinet meeting, 8 March 1978.
A12933, 261
Parliamentary privilege, 1978
Cabinet Paper No. 282: Minister responsible: Mr Fraser (Prime Minister) – presented at Cabinet meeting, 9 April 1978 – Decision 5029.
A12933, 282
Image 26: The Fourth Fraser Ministry on the steps of Government House, Canberra, 1980.

Image 26: The Fourth Fraser Ministry on the steps of Government House, Canberra, 1980.
NAA: A6180, 3/11/80/9
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FRASER MINISTRIES – CABINET MEMORANDA (WITH DECISIONS), 1979–83
This series consists of accumulated master copies of Cabinet memorandums – papers that were submitted for consideration at Cabinet or Cabinet committee meetings which were normally supplementary to an earlier submission and often in response to a specific request contained in a Cabinet decision. Memorandums were intended to further elaborate on and support a proposal or matter under discussion. They may complement an earlier submission or may be a paper supporting a matter introduced to a meeting where no formal submission had been made.
Series: A12930
Quantity: 18 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1979–83: Cabinet Office (CA 1472)
Kurnell refinery dispute, 1979
Memorandum No. 329: Ministers responsible: Mr Nixon (Transport), Mr Fraser (Prime Minister and Cabinet) and Mr Newman (National Development) – circulated 19 June 1979 – Decision 9015.
A12930, 329
Possible courses of action in Telecom dispute, 1979
Memorandum No. 348: Ministers responsible: Mr Staley (Post and Telecommunications), Mr Street (Industrial Relations), Mr Fraser (Prime Minister and Cabinet) and Telecom – circulated 29 June 1979 – Decision 9080 (Ad Hoc).
A12930, 348
Report of the Standing Committee on Industrial Disputes, 1979
Memorandum No. 391: Ministers responsible: Mr Street (Industrial Relations), Mr Fraser (Prime Minister and Cabinet), Mr Durack (Attorney-General) and Mr Staley (Post and Telecommunications) – circulated 12 July 1979.
A12930, 391
Australia and the Iran crisis, 1979
Minister responsible: Mr Fraser (Prime Minister and Cabinet) – circulated 11 December 1979 – Decision 10451 (FAD).
A12930, 564
SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH AND FIFTH FRASER MINISTRIES – FOLDERS OF CABINET DECISIONS, 1975–82
A Cabinet decision authorises the government to act in matters of significance – high-level policy issues, major expenditure or significant appointments. All matters discussed in a Cabinet meeting result in a Cabinet decision (even if the decision is merely that the matter was noted).
Series: A13075
Quantity: 6 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1975–82: Cabinet Office (CA 1472)
Second Fraser Ministry Cabinet decisions 2391 to 2727, 1977 A13075, VOLUME 9
Third Fraser Ministry Cabinet decisions 8441 to 8889, 1979 A13075, VOLUME 26
Fourth Fraser Ministry Cabinet decisions 13157 to 13599, 1980–81 A13075, VOLUME 39

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Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings

Fraser attended and hosted Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings during his term as Prime Minister. He also had an important influence on the changing relations of countries within the British Commonwealth. In August 1979 Fraser attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, where his influence was a key factor in the progress towards independence for Zimbabwe. He also hosted a Commonwealth Heads of Government Regional Meeting in Melbourne in 1981.

Records

CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES (CLASSIFIED) WITH OCCASIONAL 'C' (CLASSIFIED) SUFFIX, 1957–
This series contains the classified files relating to general and policy matters handled by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Subjects range from departmental and domestic matters to foreign affairs, and reflect the functions of the department in the political, cultural, economic, industrial and defence fields.
Series: A1209
Quantity: 1207 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1957–71: Prime Minister's Department (CA 12)
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, London – briefing notes, 1976 A1209, 1976/2618 PART 1
Commonwealth Heads of Government Regional Meeting, 1978 – general administrative arrangements, 1977–78 A1209, 1977/1871 PART 1
Commonwealth Heads of Government Regional Meeting – general administrative arrangements, 1978 A1209, 1977/1871 PART 2
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Lusaka, 1979 – Commonwealth secretariat arrangements, 1973–80 A1209, 1979/1443 PART 1
Commonwealth Heads of Government Regional Meeting, Meeting Two – New Delhi, 1980 – functional cooperation, 1980–82 A1209, 1980/1158 PART 1
Commonwealth Policy Briefing Group – Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, 1981 – agenda, 1980–81 A1209, 1980/1462 PART 1
Commonwealth Policy Briefing Group - Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 1981 - Agenda A1209, 1980/1462 PART 2
Image 27: Secretary General Shridath Ramphal and Chairman Malcolm Fraser at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Melbourne, 1981.

Image 27: Secretary General Shridath Ramphal and Chairman Malcolm Fraser at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Melbourne, 1981.
NAA: A7735, KCM5/4
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COMMANDER'S DIARY OF HEADQUARTERS FIELD FORCE COMMAND FOR 'PLAN ALBACORE', 1978
Commanders' diaries were prepared by commanders of all Army formations during non-operational periods. In this case, the series comprises one special diary only, which was submitted to the Army Office by Headquarters Field Force Command on the execution of Plan Albacore. This was the name given to the support and security operations undertaken by the Army in connection with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Regional Meeting held in Australia from 13 to 17 February 1978.
Series: A6928
Quantity: 0.18 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1978–: Department of Defence (III), Central Office (CA 46)
COPIES OF BRIEFS FOR THE PRIME MINISTER, 1977–
This series consists of briefs prepared by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for the Prime Minister on various topics from 1977 onwards.
Series: A9491
Quantity: 4 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1977–: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (CA 1401)
Prime Minister's brief, 1980 A9491, 7
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 1981 – communique brief – Department of Foreign Affairs, 1981 A9491, 24
RECORDS OF MEETINGS OF SENIOR COMMONWEALTH OFFICIALS, 1972–
This series consists of copies of records and background papers of the meetings of senior Commonwealth officials from 1972 onwards. Information includes a list of participants, a record of proceedings, a report of the meeting of Commonwealth governments on procedures at Heads of Government Meetings, and recommendations for discussion including procedures adopted at these meetings.
Series: A9494
Quantity: 0.18 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1972–: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (CA 1401)
Commonwealth senior officials meeting, Nicosia – 5–7 November 1980 – Australian delegation brief, 1980 A9494, 5
SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH AND FIFTH FRASER MINISTRIES – CABINET SUBMISSIONS (WITH DECISIONS), 1975–83
This series consists of submissions received by the Cabinet Office during the terms of the Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Fraser ministries (1975–83).
Series: A12909
Quantity: 51 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1975–83: Cabinet Office (CA 1472)
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting location, 1978
Submission No. 2100; Decision 5107.
A12909, 2100
FRASER MINISTRIES – CABINET MEMORANDA (WITH DECISIONS), 1979–83
This series consists of accumulated master copies of Cabinet memorandums – papers that were submitted for consideration at Cabinet or Cabinet committee meetings which were normally supplementary to an earlier submission and often in response to a specific request contained in a Cabinet decision.
Series: A12930
Quantity: 18 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1979–83: Cabinet Office (CA 1472)
Draft speech for Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting opening, 1979
Memorandum No. 350: Minister responsible: Mr Fraser (Prime Minister and Cabinet ) – circulated 3 July 1979 – Decision 9159 (FAD).
A12930, 350
PRIME MINISTER'S PARLIAMENTARY STATEMENTS, 1981–82
This series contains parliamentary statements maintained by the Prime Minister's Office between September 1981 and September 1982.
Series: M1264
Quantity: 0.18 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1981–82: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet – Prime Minister's Office (CA 1401); 1981–82: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Prime Minister's parliamentary statements, 1981–82
Includes statements relating to Gordon Pike's farewell, the Sinai Peacekeeping Force, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 1981, and the new River Murray Waters Agreement.
M1264, 1
PRESS CLIPPINGS, OVERSEAS VISITS, 1976–82
The clippings in this series report on various aspects of official visits to the United States, United Kingdom, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Fiji, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea; ASEAN and Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings; high-level talks with other heads of state (for example, Chancellor Helmut Schmidt from Germany); and the funeral of Tun Abdul Razak (Malaysia, January 1976).
Series: M1343
Quantity: 1 metre (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1976–82: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet – Prime Minister's Office (CA 1401); 1976–82: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Overseas visit – Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, 1977
Includes press clippings from the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (London, June 1977).
M1343, 7
TRANSCRIPTS AND PRESS RELEASES – COMMONWEALTH HEADS OF GOVERNMENT REGIONAL MEETING 1978 AND COMMONWEALTH HEADS OF GOVERNMENT MEETING 1981, 1978–81
This series contains papers relating to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Regional Meeting in Sydney (13 to 16 February 1978), and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Regional Meeting in Melbourne (30 September to 7 October 1981).
Series: M1345
Quantity: 0.30 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1978–81: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet – Prime Minister's Office (CA 1401); 1976–82: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Commonwealth Heads of Government Regional Meeting 1978, 1977–78
Media kit includes communique, briefings, biographical details of participants and background information on their countries, opening speech by Sir Zelman Cowen (Governor-General), and photographs of Sir Zelman Cowen and Shridath Ramphal (Secretary General).
M1345, 1
Commonwealth Heads of Government Regional Meeting, Australia, 1977–78
Media kit includes biographical details of participants and background information on their countries, and two booklets The Commonwealth Today (1977) and The Commonwealth Secretariat (1977).
M1345, 2

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Environment

During the Fraser government's time in office, sand mining on Fraser Island ended, Kakadu National Park was proclaimed, the first stage of a protected Great Barrier Reef marine park was declared, and whaling in Australia came to an end. On the other hand, the mining and export of uranium were permitted, including from controversial areas such as the Jabiru region.

Records

CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH OCCASIONAL 'C' (CLASSIFIED) SUFFIX, 1957–
This series contains the classified files relating to general and policy matters handled by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Subjects range from departmental and domestic matters to foreign affairs, and reflect the functions of the department in the political, cultural, economic, industrial and defence fields.
Series: A1209
Quantity: 1207 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1957–71: Prime Minister's Department (CA 12)
Antarctic – resources and environment policy, 1975–83 A1209, 1976/1768
Uranium development – environment protection Alligator River region, Northern Territory, 1977–81 A1209, 1977/1762 PART 1
Uranium development – environment protection Alligator River region, Northern Territory, 1981 A1209, 1977/1762 PART 2
Uranium development – environment protection Alligator River region, Northern Territory, 1982 A1209, 1977/1762 PART 3
Image 28: Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, 1985. During Malcolm Fraser's prime ministership, Kakadu National Park was proclaimed.

Image 28: Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, 1985. During Malcolm Fraser's prime ministership, Kakadu National Park was proclaimed.
NAA: A6135, K29/7/85/68
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SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH AND FIFTH FRASER MINISTRIES – CABINET SUBMISSIONS (WITH DECISIONS), 1975–83
This series consists of submissions received by the Cabinet Office during the terms of the Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Fraser ministries (1975–83).
Series: A12909
Quantity: 51 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1975–83: Cabinet Office (CA 1472)
Law of the Sea – the Great Barrier Reef, 1976
Submission No. 207; Decision 412.
A12909, 207
The Commonwealth role in environmental impact assessment, 1976
Submission No. 282; Decision 1008.
A12909, 282
Uranium Task Force Paper on First Report of the Ranger Uranium Environmental Inquiry, 1976
Submission No. 797; Decisions 1751, 1768, 1798 and 1799.
A12909, 797
Fraser Island Environment Inquiry, 1976
Submission No. 822; Decision 1794.
A12909, 822
Commonwealth control of stage 2 of the proposed Kakadu National Park, 1978
Submission No. 1972; Decision 4695 (Ad Hoc) and 4820.
A12909, 1972
FRASER MINISTRIES – CABINET PAPERS (SOME WITH DECISIONS), 1976–79
This series consists of registered papers that were introduced at meetings of Cabinet or Cabinet committees by a minister to support a proposal or matter under discussion where no formal submission had been made.
Series: A12933
Quantity: 6 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1976–79: Cabinet Office (CA 1472)
Development of mining township – Kakadu National Park (Uranium Task Force), 1978
Cabinet Paper No. 413: presented at Cabinet meeting, 22 May 1978 – Decision 5516 (Ad Hoc).
A12933, 413
SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH AND FIFTH FRASER MINISTRIES – FOLDERS OF CABINET DECISIONS, 1975–82
A Cabinet decision (traditionally called a Cabinet minute) authorises the government to act in matters of significance – high-level policy issues, major expenditure or significant appointments. All matters discussed in a Cabinet meeting result in a Cabinet decision (even if the decision is merely that the matter was noted).
Series: A13075
Quantity: 6 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1975–82: Cabinet Office (CA 1472)
Economic Committee – Cabinet Minute – Fraser Island Environmental Inquiry – without submission, 1976 A13075, 1881/EC
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Amendment Bill, 1978 A13075, 4827/LEG
POLITICAL AND PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE, ANNUAL ALPHABETICAL SERIES, 1976–83
This series was maintained in the Prime Minister's Office while Fraser was Prime Minister. It contains correspondence relating primarily to representations from members of the public; the Wannon electorate; business, church and other community interest groups; Liberal Party branches; and some Liberal Party colleagues.
(PARTIALLY TRANSFERRED TO UMA CUSTODY IN 2006)

Series: M1256
Quantity: 11 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1976–83: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet – Prime Minister's Office (CA 1401); 1976–83: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Correspondence 'H', 1975–76
Includes correspondence relating to Australian currency, the Ranger Uranium Environmental Inquiry (Commissioner: Justice RW Fox), and the wool industry; also includes a speech on Australia–US relations by Ambassador James W Hargrove (September 1976).
M1256, 1976H PART 4
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL PRIVATE SECRETARY, 1976–83
This series consists of notes maintained in the Prime Minister's Office by the Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minister Fraser. The notes cover a wide range of issues.
Series: M1272
Quantity: 0.27 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1976–83: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet – Prime Minister's Office (CA 1401); 1976–83: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Principal Private Secretary's notes, 1965–78
Includes notes relating to handling of constituent correspondence, environmental impact of sand mining on Fraser Island, Northern Territory self-government and postgraduate research awards.
M1272, 1
SUBJECT INDEX CARDS TO CRS M1332, ELECTORATE CORRESPONDENCE, ALPHA-NUMERIC SERIES, 1980–83
This subject index was maintained by the electorate staff of Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser.
Series: M1412
Quantity: 0.18 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1980–83: Department of the House of Representatives – Member for Wannon (CA 692); 1976–83: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Subject file (subject index cards to CRS M1332: Abortions – Whales [anti-whaling]), 1980–83 M1412, 1

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Foreign affairs

In the Australasian region, the policies of the Fraser government were directed towards reducing the threat posed by communism and developing favourable trade relations with Asia. The Fraser government supported the role of ASEAN in maintaining the stability of Australia's neighbourhood and, in June 1976, Fraser visited the People's Republic of China. Papua New Guinea gained independence in 1975 and moved to self-government during the Fraser years. Andrew Peacock played a prominent role as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1975 until 1980.

Records

PERSONAL PAPERS RELATING TO GOVERNMENT CEREMONIAL AND HOSPITALITY, 1952–80
This series was compiled by Sir James Scholtens during his long and distinguished career in the Government Ceremonial and Hospitality Branch of the Prime Minister's Department. It contains correspondence between his office and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, other Australian Government departments, state governments and governors, Buckingham Palace, Australia House in London, and private organisations and individuals. The correspondence relates to visits to Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea by members of the Royal family, other royals, presidents and heads of state. It also contains records relating to visits abroad by Australian prime ministers, particularly Whitlam and Fraser.
Series: AA1980/735
Quantity: 17 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1952–80: Sir James Henry Scholtens KCVO (CP 238); 1971–80: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (CA 1401)
Visit to Australia by the Hon Walter F Mondale, Vice-president of the United States, 1978 AA1980/735, 69
Royal visits – staffing arrangements – The Queen, March 1977, the Prince of Wales, November 1977, 1975–77 AA1980/735, 181
Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser's visit to Japan and China, June 1976 AA1980/735, 215
Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser's visit to Japan and China, May–June 1976 AA1980/735, 216
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH OCCASIONAL 'G' (GENERAL REPRESENTATIONS) INFIX, 1956–
This series was raised to deal with the general and policy matters handled by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Subjects vary considerably, reflecting the coordinating function of the department. Political, social, cultural, economic, industrial and defence matters are all dealt with in this series; other aspects include the administration of the Australian Government, immigration, honours, international conferences and diplomatic relations with other countries.
Series: A463
Quantity: 962 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1971–: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (CA 1401)
Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser – speeches on foreign policy, 1975–79 A463, 1977/1660 PART 1
UNREGISTERED PAPERS ON EAST TIMOR ACCUMULATED IN SOUTH EAST ASIA BRANCH, 1999
This series was compiled in 1999 by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade from papers originally retained by the area of the Department of Foreign Affairs responsible for South-East Asia and subsequently held by the Indonesia Section. It comprises mainly highly classified documents that were not filed, and correspondence marked 'personal' (but discussing official business) to and from senior Foreign Affairs officers, including Richard Woolcott as Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Graham Feakes as Head of the South East Asia Division and Alan Renouf as Secretary of the department.
Series: A11443
Quantity: 0.54 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1999: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Central Office (CA 5987)
East Timor – Prime Minister's visit to Indonesia, 1976 A11443, 9
Timor – caveat material – documents, 1974–76 A11443, 14
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH OCCASIONAL 'C' (CLASSIFIED) SUFFIX, 1957–
This series contains the classified files relating to general and policy matters handled by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Subjects range from departmental and domestic matters to foreign affairs, and reflect the functions of the department in the political, cultural, economic, industrial and defence fields.
Series: A1209
Quantity: 1207 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1957–71: Prime Minister's Department (CA 12); 1971–: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (CA 1401)
Prime Minister's visit to China – media coverage, 1976 A1209, 1976/1482 PART 1
Image 29: The arrival ceremony at Akasaka Palace during the official visit to Japan by Malcolm Fraser, 16 June 1976.

Image 29: The arrival ceremony at Akasaka Palace during the official visit to Japan by Malcolm Fraser, 16 June 1976.
NAA: A13302, 1
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FRASER MINISTRIES – FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND DEFENCE COMMITTEE PAPERS (WITH DECISIONS), 1976
This series consists of registered papers that were considered at meetings of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee of Cabinet between February and December 1976, and in relation to which a Cabinet decision was made by the committee.
Series: A12934
Quantity: 0.36 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1976: Cabinet Office (CA 1472)
East Timor, 1976
FAD Paper No. 1: Minister responsible: Mr Peacock (Foreign Affairs) – presented at FAD Committee meeting, 6 February 1976 – Decision 200 (FAD) and 285 (FAD).
A12934, FAD1
Torres Strait – negotiations with Papua New Guinea, 1976
FAD Paper No. 5: Minister responsible: Mr Peacock (Foreign Affairs) – presented at FAD Committee meeting, 19 February 1976 – Decisions 282 (FAD).
A12934, FAD5A
Papua New Guinea aid relationship, 1976
FAD Paper No. 8: Minister responsible: Mr Peacock (Foreign Affairs) presented at FAD Committee meeting, 25 February 1976 – Decision 281 (FAD).
A12934, FAD8
Prime Minister's visit to Japan and China, 1976
FAD Paper No. 22: Minister responsible: Mr Peacock (Foreign Affairs) – presented at FAD Committee meeting, 9 July 1976 – Decision 1134 (FAD).
A12934, FAD22
COPIES OF BRIEFS FOR THE PRIME MINISTER, 1977–
This series consists of briefs prepared by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for the Prime Minister on various topics from 1977.
Series: A9491
Quantity: 4 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1977–: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (CA 1401)
Brief for the Australian delegation to the sixth ASEAN–Australia forum, Canberra, 1981 A9491, 10
Prime Minister's brief – visit to Mexico, Canada and the United States, 1981 A9491, 13
CORRESPONDENCE RELATING TO OVERSEAS VISITS, 1976–82
This series relates to overseas visits made by Fraser as Prime Minister from January 1976 to October 1982. The visits included several to the United States, United Kingdom and Europe; also Indonesia (1976), Malaysia and Singapore (1976–77), China (1976 and 1982), Japan (1976, 1978 and 1982), New Zealand (1976, 1980 and 1982), Papua New Guinea (1977–78), Nieu and Jamaica (1978), India and the Philippines (1979), Rhodesia and Kiribati (1980), Mexico (1981) and Korea (1982). It also relates to Fraser's attendance at Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (Lusaka, 1979), Commonwealth Heads of Government Regional Meetings (India, 1980 and Suva, 1982), 12th South Pacific Forum (Vanuatu) and the Royal wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer (London, 1981).
Series: M1269
Quantity: 1 metre (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1976–82: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet – Prime Minister's Office (CA 1401); 1976–82: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Visit to Japan/China, June 1976 M1269, 3
Prime Minister's press statements, discussions, 1980
Covers the visit to the United States and United Kingdom, including records of conversations with Margaret Thatcher and Jimmy Carter.
M1269, 48
RECORDS OF OFFICIAL MEETINGS, DISCUSSIONS AND CONVERSATIONS, 1980–83
This series consists of high-level meetings conducted by Prime Minister Fraser with domestic and overseas leaders. The folders contain typed records of group discussions and conversations with individuals. The discussions and conversations were with Australians, members and representatives of foreign and Commonwealth governments, and representatives of international organisations.
Series: M1282
Quantity: 0.27 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1980–83: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet – Prime Minister's Office (CA 1401); 1980–83: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Records of discussions, April–November 1980
Includes discussions with ministers for Health and Aboriginal Affairs, Australian Council of Local Government Associations, Reubin Askew and Philip H Alston (US ambassadors), Australian Greek Welfare Society, and the Victorian Chamber of Manufacturers.
M1282, 1 PART 3
Records of discussions, August–December 1981
Includes discussions with Abdul Aziz Rasool Khan (Director of Afghan Mujahideen), Mr Carraud (French Ambassador), Jeremy Hearder (Australia's High Commissioner to Zimbabwe), Confederation of Australian Industry, Australian Council of Trade Unions and Senator Don Chipp.
M1282, 1 PART 7
Records of discussions, 1980
Includes discussions with Margaret Thatcher, Jimmy Carter and other UK and US representatives; relates to US operations in Iran, Moscow Olympics boycott, Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and Rhodesia.
M1282, 3
SCRAPBOOKS OF NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS, 1978–81
Some of these scrapbooks relate to a particular event including various overseas visits made by Fraser to the United States, Europe and India, and Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings in Lusaka and Melbourne. Other scrapbooks focus on domestic issues in general or a more specific matter of political interest.
Series: M1283
Quantity: 2 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1978–81: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (CA 1401); 1978–81: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Book 1: domestic issues and Prime Minister's visit to Singapore, Malaysia and Europe, 13 May – 18 June 1978
Includes articles by A Guatelli (Milan).
M1283, 1
Book 2: Prime Minister's visit to United States of America and Europe, 24 May – 13 June 1978 M1283, 2
LETTERS FROM HEADS OF GOVERNMENT, 1979–83
This series consists of letters from heads of government of various foreign countries received by Prime Minister Fraser from January 1979 to February 1983.
Series: M1333
Quantity: 0.27 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1979–83: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet – Prime Minister's Office (CA 1401); 1979–83: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Heads of government letters A–F, 1978–82
Includes President Zia and HM Ershad (Bangladesh), Q Masire (Botswana), Pierre Trudeau (Canada), Z Ziyang (China), S Kyprianou (Cyprus), O Mbasogo (Equatorial Guinea), G d'Estaing and F Mitterand (France), and Sir Kamisese Mara (Fiji).
M1333, 1
Heads of government letters G–I, 1979–82
Includes O Bongo (Gabon), Helmut Schmidt (Germany), Mrs Indira Ghandi (India), President Soeharto (Indonesia), and M Begin (Israel).
M1333, 2
Heads of government letters U–Z, 1978–82
Includes presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan (United States), Walter Lini (Vanuatu), V Djuranovic (Yugoslavia), KD Kaunda (Zambia), and RG Mugabe (Zimbabwe).
M1333, 6
PRESS CLIPPINGS, OVERSEAS VISITS, 1976–82
These clippings report on various aspects of official visits to the United States, United Kingdom, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Fiji, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea; ASEAN and Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings; includes high-level talks with heads of state (for example, Chancellor Helmut Schmidt of Germany), and the funeral of Tun Abdul Razak (Malaysia, January 1976).
Series: M1343
Quantity: 1 metre (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1976–82: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet – Prime Minister's Office (CA 1401); 1976–82: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Hong Kong – cables, China/Japan relating to official visit, June 1976 M1343, 4
Overseas visit – Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, 1977 M1343, 7
Overseas visit – general, June 1977 – press clippings, 1977
Includes Indian press reaction to Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.
M1343, 11

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Immigration and refugees

The Fraser government's revitalised immigration program resulted in 200,000 migrants arriving in Australia from Asian countries between 1975 and 1982, including 56,000 Vietnamese people who arrived as refugees.

Records

CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH OCCASIONAL 'C' (CLASSIFIED) SUFFIX, 1957–
This series contains the classified files relating to general and policy matters handled by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Subjects range from departmental and domestic matters to foreign affairs, and reflect the functions of the department in the political, cultural, economic, industrial and defence fields.
Series: A1209
Quantity: 1207 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1957–71: Prime Minister's Department (CA 12)
Assisted migration agreements and arrangements – policy, 1969–80 A1209, 1975/2127
Disposal of Vietnamese refugee boats, 1978 A1209, 1978/924 PART 1
Disposal of Vietnamese refugee boats, 1978–80 A1209, 1978/924 PART 2
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, 1948–89
This series comprises the main correspondence file series of the Department of External Affairs (II) from 1948 to 1970, the Department of Foreign Affairs from 1970 to 1987, and the Foreign Affairs section of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade from mid-1987 to the end of 1989.
Series: A1838
Quantity: 3372 metres (Canberra), 0.18 metres (Brisbane)
Recorded by: 1970–87: Department of Foreign Affairs, Central Office (CA 1382)
Australian refugee policy – relations with other countries – Indonesian Timor – Timor refugees reimbursement of costs, 1975–77 A1838, 1690/1/6/2 PART 1
South Vietnam – Australian aid – political refugees, 1975 A1838, 3014/10/15/4 PART 10
North Vietnam – relations with Australia – Vietnamese refugee boats policy, 1977–78 A1838, 3020/10/4 PART 1
Image 30: Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser at an immigration conference, 1981.

Image 30: Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser at an immigration conference, 1981.
NAA: A12111, 2/1981/30A/1
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FRASER MINISTRIES – CABINET FILES, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH 'LC' PREFIX, 1975–83
This is the main series of correspondence files maintained in the Cabinet Office for the administration of Cabinet business for the period of the Fraser government (1975–83).
Series: A10756
Quantity: 105 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1975–83: Cabinet Office (CA 1472)
Lebanese migration, 1976–77
Submission Nos 702 and 860 refer.
A10756, LC1013
Refugee policy, 1977–78
Submission Nos 1160, 1916, 2014, 2173 and 2572 refer.
A10756, LC1366 PART 1
POLITICAL AND PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE, ANNUAL ALPHABETICAL SERIES, 1976–83
This series was maintained by the Prime Minister's Office while Fraser was Prime Minister. It contains correspondence relating primarily to representations from members of the public; the Wannon electorate; business, church and other community interest groups; Liberal Party branches; and some Liberal Party colleagues.
Series: M1256
Quantity: 11 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1976–83: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet – Prime Minister's Office (CA 1401); 1976–83: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Correspondence 'C', 1977
Includes correspondence relating to Vietnamese refugee boats arriving in Darwin, Australian Conservation Foundation, manufacturing and commerce sectors, whale protection, ministers' policy advice for the 1977 election campaign, Cattlemen's Union and primary industry.
M1256, 1977C PART 6

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Zimbabwe/Rhodesia

Fraser played a prominent role in the Commonwealth's efforts to establish an independent Zimbabwe. At the 1979 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Lusaka and the follow-up in London, Fraser's influence was a key factor in the progress towards independence for Zimbabwe. At the independence celebrations in Salisbury in 1980, his contribution was acknowledged.

Records

CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH OCCASIONAL 'C' (CLASSIFIED) SUFFIX, 1957–
This series contains the classified files relating to general and policy matters handled by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Subjects range from departmental and domestic matters to foreign affairs, and reflect the functions of the department in the political, cultural, economic, industrial and defence fields.
Series: A1209
Quantity: 1207 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1957–71: Prime Minister's Department (CA 12)
Prime Minister's visit to Zimbabwe – April 1980, 1980–81 A1209, 1980/521 PART 1
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, 1948–89
This series comprises the main correspondence file series of the Department of External Affairs (II) from 1948 to 1970, the Department of Foreign Affairs from 1970 to 1987, and the Foreign Affairs section of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade from mid-1987 to the end of 1989.
Series: A1838
Quantity: 3372 metres (Canberra), 0.18 metres (Brisbane)
Recorded by: 1970–87: Department of Foreign Affairs, Central Office (CA 1382)
Zimbabwe – political – chronology of events, 1978–79 A1838, 190/2/1/1 PART 1
FRASER MINISTRIES – CABINET FILES, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH 'LC' PREFIX, 1975–83
This is the main series of correspondence files maintained by the Cabinet Office for the administration of Cabinet business for the period of the Fraser government (1975–83).
Series: A10756
Quantity: 105 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1975–83: Cabinet Office (CA 1472)
Rhodesia – recent developments, 1978–80 A10756, LC2172 PART 1
CORRESPONDENCE RELATING TO OVERSEAS VISITS, 1976–82
This series relates to overseas visits made by Fraser as Prime Minister from January 1976 to October 1982. The visits included several to the United States, United Kingdom and Europe; also Indonesia (1976), Malaysia and Singapore (1976–77), China (1976 and 1982), Japan (1976, 1978 and 1982), New Zealand (1976, 1980 and 1982), Papua New Guinea (1977–78), Nieu and Jamaica (1978), India and the Philippines (1979), Rhodesia and Kiribati (1980), Mexico (1981) and Korea (1982); Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Lusaka, 1979), Commonwealth Heads of Government Regional Meetings (India, 1980 and Suva, 1982) 12th South Pacific Forum (Vanuatu) and the Royal wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer (London, 1981).
Series: M1269
Quantity: 1 metre (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1976–82: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet – Prime Minister's Office (CA 1401); 1976–82: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Visit to Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, 15 April 1980
Relates to independence celebration; includes briefs on political figures.
M1269, 23
Briefing notes and talking points, 1980
Covers the visit to the United States and United Kingdom (January– February 1980), relating to Rhodesia and Moscow Olympic Games.
M1269, 43
CORRESPONDENCE WITH NON-MINISTERIAL GOVERNMENT MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, 1976–79
Correspondence covers parliamentary reform (for example, sitting hours, voting methods, legislation procedure and the committee system), Party Room ballots and leaks, requests from backbenchers for more participation in the formulation of government policy, and electoral tactics and campaigns. Other papers relate to public service matters such as re-organisation of the Department of Defence, Commonwealth Public Service Superannuation Scheme and the retirement age of public servants. It also includes non-parliamentary matters.
Series: M1334
Quantity: 1 metre (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1976–79: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet – Prime Minister's Office (CA 1401); 1976–79: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Correspondence – government members of Parliament 'L', 1976–79
Includes Austin Lewis, Condor Laucke, Bruce Lloyd and Stephen Lusher; also includes papers relating to Rhodesia and the closure of SKF ball-bearing factory in Echuca, Victoria.
M1334, 13
PRESS CLIPPINGS, OVERSEAS VISITS, 1976–82
These clippings report on various aspects of official visits to the United States, United Kingdom, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Fiji, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea; ASEAN and Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings; high-level talks with heads of state (for example, Chancellor Helmut Schmidt of Germany); and the funeral of Tun Abdul Razak (Malaysia, January 1976).
Series: M1343
Quantity: 1 metre (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1976–82: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet – Prime Minister's Office (CA 1401); 1976–82: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Mr Mugabe's press conference, 16 April 1980
Relates to Fraser's official visit to Zimbabwe; includes an issue of The Herald (Salisbury).
M1343, 32
SUBJECT FILES HELD BY THE PRINCIPAL PRIVATE SECRETARY, 1975–81
This series was maintained by the Office of the Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minister Fraser. It covers the period from November 1975 to July 1981, although most of the papers date between 1976 and 1979. The Principal Private Secretary at the time was Dale Budd.
(PARTIALLY TRANSFERRED TO UMA CUSTODY IN 2006)

Series: M1356
Quantity: 0.54 metres (Canberra)
Recorded by: 1975–81: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet – Prime Minister's Office (CA 1401); 1975–81: The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH (CP 51)
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Lusaka, 1979
Includes papers relating to administrative arrangements, record of conversations with DA Moi (President, Kenya), Margaret Thatcher (Prime Minister, United Kingdom), Lord Carrington (Foreign Secretary, United Kingdom), General Obasanjo (President, Nigeria) and Ben Mkapa (Foreign Minister, Nigeria); also includes programs for visits to Seychelles, Nigeria and Mauritius.
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Chapter 2
Records about Malcolm Fraser in the National Archives of Australia