Thursday, March 19, 2015

Απέβίωσε ο Mάλκομ Φρέηζερ, πρώην Αυστραλός πρωθυπουργός. στα 84 χρόνια του.

Ο πρώην Αυστραλός πρωθυπουργός Μάλκομ Φραίηζερ  απεβίωσε σημερα το πρωί ,Παρασκευή 20 Μαρτίου 2015, σε ηλικία 84 ετων.
Ο πρώην φιλελεύθερος πρωθυπουργός είχε διαδεχθεί τον πρώην Εργατικό και φιλέλληνα πρωθυπουργό Γκοφ Ουίτλαμ όταν εκείνος ανετράπη απο τον εκπρόσωπο της Βασίλισσας Ελισάββετ ,Τζών Κερρ 0 οποίος πέθανε πριν λίγο καιρό.
Ο Μάλκομ Φραίηζερ πέρα αο τα γεγονότα της ανατροπής Ουίτλαμ ,υπηρξε ένας δυναμικός και με σωστες αποφάσεις πρωθυπουργός και απέκτησε και τον τίτλο "γίγαντας της Πολιτικής".
Είχε πολυ φιλικές σχέσεις με την Ελληνικη΄παροικία ενώ υποστήριξε αρκετα την Ελληνοαυστραλιανή Κοινωνική πρόνοια ενω συχνά τον βλέπαμε σε διάφορες  εθνικές και άλλες κοινωνικές εκδηλωσεις.

Η φράση του  "η ζωή δεν σημαίνει ότι είναι ευκολη" ,ε΄χει μεινει στην ιστορία,ενώ αργότερα είχε αποκτήσει καλες σχέσεις και με το Γκοφ Ουίτλαμ και εργάζονταν για την άνοδο της Αυστραλιανης και παγκόσμιας κοινωνίας.

Η ΕΦΗΜΕΡΙΣ εκφραζει τα συλλυπητηρια στην οικογένειά του και σας μεταφέρουμε τι έγραψε το έγκυρο Ραδιοτηλεοπτικό δίκτυο ΑΒC της Αυστραλίας για τον 22ο πρωθυπουργό της Αυστραλίας Μάλκομ Φραίηζερ,ανοίξει και το πλήκτρο tab για να πλοηγηθείτε

Malcolm Fraser

Former Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser has been remembered as "a giant of Australian politics" and a "great moral compass" following his death early this morning at the age of 84.
A statement released by his office said Mr Fraser died after a brief illness.
"It is with deep sadness that we inform you that after a brief illness, John Malcolm Fraser died peacefully in the early hours of the morning of 20 March 2015," the statement said.
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VIDEO: Former PM Malcolm Fraser, dead at 84(ABC News)
"We appreciate that this will be a shock to all who knew and loved him, but ask that the family be left in peace at this difficult time."
Mr Fraser was Australia's 22nd prime minister.
He was born into a wealthy pastoral family in 1930 and first entered Parliament in 1955 as its youngest MP.
He spent nearly 20 years as a backbencher and in the ministry until, in 1975, he became opposition leader facing off against Gough Whitlam.
Mr Whitlam's dismissal later that year led to persistent debate about the new government's legitimacy and Mr Fraser's role.
But he went on to win the next three elections.
He embraced multiculturalism and Aboriginal land rights, led the Commonwealth push to end apartheid in South Africa and argued for an independent Zimbabwe.
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VIDEO: Fraser felt Whitlam never bore him "personal animosity" (ABC News)
The nation's finances were managed with traditional conservatism and cutbacks at first but later the political pressure grew and the purse strings loosened.
However, in 1982 the country was facing recession, drought and social unrest.
After suffering a back problem and being treated in hospital, Mr Fraser called a snap election on the same day Bob Hawke became opposition leader.
But the strategy backfired and Mr Fraser was defeated.
Life after the Lodge remained busy for Mr Fraser; he became a key figure in humanitarian and diplomatic circles.
But the former PM always kept an eye on the political arena and he became a staunch critic of the Liberals under the next Coalition PM, John Howard, speaking out particularly on indigenous issues, refugees and antiterrorism laws.
Just last month Mr Fraser launched a scathing attack on Tony Abbott over the Government's treatment of the Human Rights Commission and, in particular, its president Gillian Triggs following The Forgotten Children report.
"If the Government had wanted to handle the matter sensibly, they would have said they recognise there have been abuses," Mr Fraser said.
Mr Fraser seemed to have more in common with his former political rivals than with his own party, joining Labor PMs past and present for the apology to the Stolen Generation.
Eventually he quit the Liberals citing his belief that the party he had been a member of for more than six decades had tilted too far to the right.
"The party is unrecognisable as Liberal," Mr Fraser said.

Nation mourns loss of former PM

Prime Minister Tony Abbott paid his respects to Mr Fraser, saying he was a "fierce Australian patriot".
"The friendship he built in later life with Gough Whitlam spoke volumes about the character of both men at the centre of the crisis: in their own different ways, they were both fierce Australian patriots," he said.
"Under Malcolm Fraser's leadership, self-government was conferred on the Northern Territory, the Commonwealth Ombudsman was established and our first Freedom of Information laws were enacted.
"Under Malcolm Fraser's leadership, Australia was an unwavering opponent of apartheid and after he left office, Malcolm Fraser continued to work for the end of apartheid.
"His subsequent appointment to roles with the United Nations and the Commonwealth of Nations reflected his high international standing."
Mr Abbott said flags at Parliament House would be flown at half mast today and he extended his sympathies to Mr Fraser's wife Tamie and their children.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she was saddened to hear of the passing of a "giant of Australian politics".
"With the passing of Gough Whitlam, it really is the end of a political era," she said.
"He made a significant contribution to public life in this country, so he will be missed and I certainly pass on my deepest sympathies to his family."
Treasurer Joe Hockey also offered his condolences.
"Many people have contributed to public life over a long period of time that have helped to build a better Australia and unquestionably he was one of them," Mr Hockey said.
ABC's Insiders host Barrie Cassidy said Mr Fraser was active up until his death.
"I don't know whether anybody saw this coming," he said.
"He tweeted as recently as Wednesday, just two days ago, when he was talking about time for a new China vision.
"I remember seeing another tweet just six weeks ago where he showed his catch after some ocean fishing.
"So he was still in reasonably good health right to the end and still thinking about big global issues."
Former deputy Liberal leader and Indigenous Affairs minister Fred Chaney said he was devastated by the loss.
"His support for Indigenous people has been consistent over the whole time I've known him, his opposition to racism has been consistent and I feel desperately sad," he said.
Former National Party leader and Parliamentary Speaker Ian Sinclair also paid tribute to his one-time colleague.
Mr Sinclair said although he was an effective prime minister, Mr Fraser was constantly plagued by the controversial circumstances in which he came to power.
"He was a very good prime minister in that he was very on top of his brief," he said.
"I thought during his term his big difficulty was the real rancour there was in the Australian community in 1975."
Mr Fraser will be remembered for infamous quotes such as, "Life wasn't meant to be easy" and being called "Kerr's cur" by Gough Whitlam, when Mr Whitlam was sacked by governor-general Sir John Kerr on November 11, 1975.
Fraser took the quote "Life wasn't meant to be easy" from the George Bernard Shaw play Back to Methuselah: "Life wasn't meant to be easy, my child; but take courage: it can be delightful."
Mr Fraser is survived by his wife and four children.

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