Malcolm Fraser: How Many Dangerous Ideas Can One Person Have?

Malcolm Fraser in conversation with Peter Hartcher

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Malcolm Fraser’s long and distinguished career in Australian politics has seen him bring many dangerous ideas into the public realm and garner the wrath of both left and right. His latest, that the USA is a dangerous ally and we should cut all military ties, puts him at odds with the last 50 years of Australian foreign policy. From the dismissal and its enduring legacy in Australian politics to his role in the resettlement of Indochinese refugees, Malcolm Fraser will talk about how a policy of strategic dependence—which he supported till the end of the Cold War—has become a dangerous policy for Australia’s future security.


Malcolm Fraser AC is a former Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia, and was Australia's 22nd Prime Minister between 1975 and 1983. Fraser remains active in politics and public debate, addressing issues such as nuclear proliferation, asylum seekers, drone warfare and climate change.

Peter Hartcher is an Australian journalist and political commentator. He is currently the Political and International Editor at the Sydney Morning Herald, and a visiting fellow at Sydney-based policy think-tank The Lowy Institute.


Read Fraser’s recent article about Australia protecting its national interest when it comes to Iraq.

Watch SMH video on Malcom Fraser: An Unlikely radical.

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