Margaret Simons Interview Recordings
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Malcolm Fraser: The Political Memoirs was published by Miegunyah Press in 2010. The memoirs were co-authored by award-winning freelance journalist, Dr Margaret Simons. These audio files contain recordings of interviews Dr Simons conducted with Malcolm and Tamie Fraser, as well as individuals who had some bearing on Malcolm Fraser’s public life.
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No Preview AvailableItemFraser 30 July Simons, MargaretAudio recordings--Digital audioIncludes discussion of John Kerr and Fraser's dealings with him in 1975 before and after the blocking of supply and the dismissal of the Whitlam Government.
No Preview AvailableItemFraser 24 Sept 2007Simons, MargaretAudio recordings--Digital audioIncludes discussion of Mr Fraser's speech in 1981 re stagflation and cutting of Government expenditure. Discusses the context including drought, inflation and the policies of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. Also discusses the politicisation of the Public Service under Bob Hawke and subsequent Prime Ministers including John Howard. Most of audio recording blank.
No Preview AvailableItemFraser 22 June  (1)Simons, MargaretAudio recordings--Digital audioInterview interspersed with phone calls regarding the forthcoming 2007 Federal Election. Discussion centres around the Enquiry into the Australian Financial system and monetary policy in the early 1980s and relationships between ministers within the Government. Transcript in 2013.0150 unit 16.
No Preview AvailableItemFraser 22 June Simons, MargaretAudio recordings--Digital audioDiscussion includes care, funds and autonomy for Aboriginal Communities in Australia against the background of the Howard Government's National Intervention. Transcript in 2013.0150 unit 16.
No Preview AvailableItemFraser 17 July Simons, MargaretAudio recordings--Digital audioDiscussion of events leading up to the 2007 election, specifically visa cancellation of Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef for giving sim card to his cousin in UK. Main discussion on Fraser leaving Government after 1983 election; on separation of family and political life; on Aboriginal Australian representation and the failure of ATSIC.Transcript in 2013.0150 unit 16.
No Preview AvailableItemFraser 30 January Simons, MargaretAudio recordings--Digital audioOpens with discussion of difficulty with access to archival records in the National Archives of Australia, and legal complexities of publication of Fraser's memoir by MUP as a consequence. Continues on minor points for clarification: Australian participation inthe Moscow Olympics; Fraser's participation in the Select Committee on the Print Media; activity to bring the World Wildlife Fund organisation to Australia.
No Preview AvailableItemFraser 6 February Simons, MargaretAudio recordings--Digital audioOpens with discussion of contemporary political issues such as Fraser's attitude to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's apology to the Stolen Generations of Aboriginal Australians, and the potential call for compensation. Discusses running of Whitlam Government. Main discussion is about Fraser becoming an Eminent Person in the 1980s and negotiations with the South African Government and Nelson Mandela re the end of Apartheid. Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan's attitude to developments in South Africa.
No Preview AvailableItemFraser 11 October Simons, MargaretAudio recordings--Digital audioDiscussion of archived documents from Mr Fraser's period as Minister for Defence 1969-1971; his relationship with Prime Minister John Gorton; and matters relating to the war in Vietnam and the American alliance.
No Preview AvailableItemFraser 7 September Simons, MargaretAudio recordings--Digital audioDiscussion of matters including top secret ASIO clearance for Margaret to read closed Cabinet records at NAA; the Campbell Enquiry and devaluation decisions; Philip Ayres's biography of Malcolm Fraser and his misunderstanding, in the chapter on Defence, of what a middle power such as Australia could achieve. Reflections on the reduced economic power of Britain after the Second World War and the actions of the USA to increase its own power at Britain's expense. Discussion of devaluation; privatisation of Government instrumentalities and more.
No Preview AvailableItemFraser Interview 28 Sept Simons, MargaretAudio recordings--Digital audioDiscussion of Mr Fraser's brief dealings with B A Santamaria. Discussion of situation of Aboriginal Australians and Mr Fraser's support for self-management of health, education and autonomy; Fraser visit to Papunya, Northern Territory.