Malcolm Fraser: Former Australian PM dies aged 84

Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has died aged 84

A statement from his office said Mr Fraser, who led the nation between 1975 and 1983, died after a short illness.

He became its leader in controversial circumstances, after the unprecedented dismissal of PM Gough Whitlam.

Once in office, he championed the rights of Indigenous Australians and refugees, a stance that put him on a collision course with his own party in later life.

The statement from his office said he "died peacefully in the early hours of the morning" on Friday.

"We appreciate that this will be a shock to all who knew and loved him, but ask that the family be left in peace at this difficult time," it added.


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This article was published the 20th of March, 2015 by BBC News Australia: