Managing editor David Donovan says former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser was a complicated but decent man who, ultimately, should be remembered well by the nation.
OVER a year ago, the former PM began following me on Twitter. He didn't follow many others. I don't know why he liked reading my often banal tweets.
I always felt conflicted about him. As a child, he was the only PM I'd known — before Hawke replaced him in 1983.
Later, as I become more politically aware, I could not become a hater of Fraser. He espoused many of the principles of equality and humanity I hold dear — the ones that seem missing, all too often, in our current crop of leaders.
Fraser was flawed. He was rich. He was a little pompous. He felt it was his right and destiny to rule. And he was consumed by ambition to realise that end. He made a tragic mistake. He suffered for it until the day he died. And I think he tried to atone for it every day until he did.
We should remember him well. Ultimately, Malcolm Fraser was a decent man. And his decency shines brighter with every passing day.
RIP Malcolm Fraser, your goodness will be remembered.
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