Born May 21. As a boy, he lived at Nareen in the Western District. Attended Melbourne Grammar and Magdalen College, Oxford. Studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Defeated in election for Wannon, but reduced the ALP member’s majority from 5000 to 17.
Won Wannon. The seat has been held by the Liberal Party ever since.
Appointed Minister for the Army by Harold Holt.
Appointed Minister for Education and Science by John Gorton.
- March 1971
Resigned from Gorton’s Cabinet, accusing Gorton of disloyalty and a “manic determination to get his own way”. Gorton then faced a leadership challenge, losing to William McMahon. Fraser contested the Deputy’s position, but was defeated by Gorton.
- December 1972
Following the defeat of the McMahon government by Whitlam’s ALP, Fraser contested the leadership and deputy leadership of the Liberal Party, but was defeated for both positions.
- November 1974
Following the coalition’s defeat at the May 1974 elections, Fraser challenged Bill Snedden for the leadership. He was defeated.
- March 1975
Fraser defeats Snedden following another challenge.
- November 11, 1975
Fraser appointed Prime Minister by Sir John Kerr, following the dismissal of Gough Whitlam.
- December 13, 1975
Coalition parties win a landslide victory in the double dissolution election.
- December 10, 1977
Fraser wins second term, securing a majority almost as large as the one in 1975.
- October 18, 1980
Fraser wins a third term, but with a reduced majority.
Andrew Peacock resigns from Fraser’s Cabinet, accusing him of a “manic determination to get his own way”. A leadership challenge ensues and Fraser defeats Peacock by 54 votes to 27.
- March 5, 1983
Having called an early double dissolution election, Fraser is defeated by the ALP, now led by Bob Hawke. Fraser immediately resigns from Parliament.