Malcolm Fraser is the former Prime Minister of Australia (75-83), when the Liberal-National coalition last held office before 1996. For those of you not in the know, Fraser successfully held the then Labor government in 75' to ransom by blocking supply (money to the government), causing the Governor General of the day, Sir John Kerr, to sack the Labor government and call an election a few weeks later. An election that Fraser comfortably won - the Australian people more concerned with a faltering economy and rampant inflation than they were with the dubious departure of the last government via an unelected official. For more information I guess see wiki. The incident is known as "The Dismissal".
But despite being a member of the conservative right, and well its leader, Fraser's politics was never touched by divisive, racist, behaviour. When the first waves of Vietnamese boat people launched their way to freedom he was instrumental in making sure Australia helped settle some here. He launched SBS for christ's sake.
The Liberal party in their shift to the far right in the past few years now no longer recognises him as a worthy member of their pantheon of heroes. Indeed, at a conference in Tasmania, the Young Liberals called for a vote to strip Fraser of his lifetime membership in the party. This is because Fraser has an annoying habit of calling for things like non racist policies, backing a republic (shock f_cking horror), and lately severely criticising planned anti terror laws.
Which he did last night at the Stephen Murray-Smith Memorial Lecture, State Library of Victoria. This speech is so awesome it must be shown in its full glory. If I violate copyright for this then I'm sorry. But it is a remarkable summary of why these laws are divisive, unwarranted, and dangerous.
Malcolm. You may have caused a constutional crisis in the 70's. But I'll give you your due. You are standing up for what you believe in. And against the party that made you too. Like Petro, it is an act of decency and courage, and it shows you to be a moral man who puts principle ahead of politics.
The below transcript was taken from here