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Malcolm Fraser and Carr talk

April 5, 2012

With Malcolm Fraser in my Sydney office

I continued my consultation with former Australian prime ministers and foreign ministers by talking yesterday with Malcolm Fraser AC, CH, GCL, PC. Mr Fraser was Prime Minister of Australia between 1975 and 1983. We discussed Australia’s foreign policy challenges with a focus on the American alliance, the rise of China and Australia’s relations with Africa.

Today I am meeting former Prime Minister John Howard and former Foreign Minister Alexander Downer. I’ve already met former prime ministers Bob Hawke and Paul Keating and former Foreign Minister Gareth Evans.

  1. John Mountbatten permalink
    April 5, 2012 11:51 am

    Carr for PM!

  2. Paul B permalink
    April 5, 2012 11:52 am

    Mr Fraser advocated a closer relationship with China well before America did. In fact he disputed with Kissinger and Ford that China should be treated as a de facto ally as they were opposed to the Soviets. The Americans wanted to play off the Soviets against the Chinese to keep them both on their toes. Fraser recognised well before both America and the UK that detente had a limited shelf life and the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviets in 1979 was one proof of that. I am sure it would have been a valuable meeting and it is good the new Foreign Minister is doing so much consulting as he settles into his new job.

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