While I detested Malcolm Fraser for his domestic ruthlessness in the 70s, The Australian’s editorial (“Fraser has drifted left of Labor”, 6/7) is unfair, particularly the attempt at guilt by association with Robert Mugabe, who may always have been a monster but was then preferred not just by Fraser, but by everyone opposed to white minority rule in Rhodesia.

What The Australian calls Fraser’s “pallid record” included indigenous land rights, a humanitarian immigration program, the beginnings of multiculturalism and a major role in the dismantling of Apartheid. He also could not stomach the Thatcherite economics of his Treasurer, John Howard. Fraser is just where he always was, it is The Australian’s commentariat which has drifted to the Right.

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