Statement: AIJAC mourns passing of Malcolm Fraser AC
Mar 20, 2015
The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council mourns the passing of Malcolm Fraser, who gave many years of service to Australia, most notably as this country’s twenty-second Prime Minister (1975-1983).
He was an often controversial, even divisive political figure, but will be warmly remembered by us for his pioneering commitment to Australian multiculturalism, particularly in founding the Special Broadcasting Service and enabling the immigration to Australia of more than 50,000 refugees from South East Asia, his concern for the needs and rights of Indigenous Australians and his principled opposition to racism.
He was a patriotic, dedicated servant of the Australian people.
Our thoughts are with his family at this time.
Mark Leibler AC, National Chairman
Dr Colin Rubenstein AM, Executive Director
Jeremy Jones AM, Director of International & Community Affairs