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


Chapter 3: Records about Malcolm Fraser in the University of Melbourne Archives

Minister for the Army, Education and Science, and Defence, 1966–71

Image 36: Minister for the Army Malcolm Fraser with Australian troops in Vietnam, 2 August 1966.

Image 36: Minister for the Army Malcolm Fraser with Australian troops in Vietnam, 2 August 1966.
UMA, 2007.0053, BWP/24584
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After some years on the backbench, in 1966 Malcolm Fraser was appointed Minister for the Army by Harold Holt, a post he held until 1969 when he was made Minister for Education and Science under John Gorton. He was appointed Minister for Defence in 1969, but resigned in March 1971 after a dispute with Gorton. He was reappointed Minister for Education and Science in August 1971, but the Liberal government lost office in December the following year.

During his ministerial posts, Fraser was involved in a number of important policies, including conscription for the Vietnam War, increasing government funding to private schools, and the rise in prominence of conservation issues following the establishment of the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Records

MALCOLM FRASER COLLECTION
This series comprises correspondence to and from Fraser. Most was sent to and from constituents and relates to electorate issues, but not entirely. The series covers the 38 years of Fraser's parliamentary career, although most of the records date from the early 1960s.
Series: 2005.0107
Quantity: 17 metres
Private and personal correspondence – general, 1968–69
Includes a letter from the managing editor of the Canberra Times regarding Fraser's 'Phuoc Tuy policy' (civic action).
item 3020, box 82
MALCOLM FRASER COLLECTION
This series consists of subject files maintained by Fraser from his election in 1955 through to 1969. The files include correspondence and some speeches relating to personal and political matters.
Series: 2005.0078
Quantity: 4 metres
Correspondence on Education and Science appointment, February–April 1968
Includes correspondence from members of the public and colleagues on Fraser's appointment as Minister for Education and Science.
item 4, box 1
MALCOLM FRASER COLLECTION
This series consists of press releases and other material maintained by Fraser during his time as Minister for Defence, in Opposition and as Prime Minister.
Series: 2007.0003
Quantity: 0.53 metres
Letters on defence and foreign policy, 6–18 May 1971
Contains letters to and from Professor JDB Miller of the Australian National University relating to defence and foreign policy matters.
item 3, box 1
Radio talks – rural matters, 9–27 May 1971
Includes a Hansard extract of Fraser's resignation speech as Minister for Defence.
item 4, box 1
MALCOLM FRASER COLLECTION
This series contains subject files maintained by Fraser during his time as Minister for Education and Science in the McMahon government. The UMA holds those files from the series that are not specifically related to the portfolio.
Series: 2007.0001
Quantity: 0.08 metres
Liberal Party Campaign Committee, first meeting, 18 August 1972
Includes a statement of Liberal principles in the lead-up to the federal election of 1972 and Fraser's comments on the statement.
item 38, box 1
MALCOLM FRASER COLLECTION
This series contains speech notes, addresses, articles and related papers from March 1972 through to the beginning of 1983. The speeches cover a wide range of subjects.
Series: 2007.0008
Quantity: 1 metre
KK Club notes and proposed speech, 19 May 1972
Includes a humorous speech delivered to the Melbourne KK Club, a little-known gentlemen's dinner and speech club founded in 1919. The speech gives amusing anecdotes about campaigning in Wannon.
item 15, box 1
MALCOLM FRASER COLLECTION
This series contains speech notes, addresses, articles and related papers from March 1972 through to the beginning of 1983. The speeches cover a wide range of subjects.
Series: 2007.0025
Quantity: 0.17 metres
Speech notes – state aid, 1968
Includes handwritten speech notes on state aid to private schools, written as Minister for Education and Science.
item 19, box 1

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Chapter 3
Records about Malcolm Fraser in the University of Melbourne Archives