Malcolm Fraser quotes

  • Reconciliation requires changes of heart and spirit, as well as social and economic change. It requires symbolic as well as practical action.
    -- Malcolm Fraser

    #Heart #Action #Spirit

  • Life wasn't meant to be easy.
    -- Malcolm Fraser

    #Party #Easy #Meant To Be

  • At the moment people get on boats because they flee terror at home and believe the many years' long wait in UNHCR camps is not a valid option, especially if they have children in their care. After the Vietnam War, Australia took a larger humanitarian intake than at any other period in our history. The Australian community accepted that. They were told why we needed to do it, and why it was the only ethical decent policy that a wealthy advanced country should adopt.
    -- Malcolm Fraser

    #Leadership #Country #Children

  • Solutions will not be found while Indigenous people are treated as victims for whom someone else must find solutions.
    -- Malcolm Fraser

    #People #Victim #Found

  • Most asylum seekers do get permanent visas, so the earlier they receive the appropriate help, the faster they will become part of the community. They'll get jobs and start paying taxes too. They will see Australia as a nation with a sense of care and concern. That's so important for a cohesive society. It helps build a sense of belonging. And in terms of common decency, it's what should be happening... For God's sake, this is Australia, people should be treated with decency and humanity.
    -- Malcolm Fraser

    #Jobs #Common Decency #Australia

  • I think the climate is too important to say we are going to wait until all our economic woes are over before we act effectively.
    -- Malcolm Fraser

    #Thinking #Waiting #Important

  • We are seeing healing among the stolen generations, and initiatives which are enabling Indigenous people to make their distinctive contribution to our national life.
    -- Malcolm Fraser

    #Healing #People #Generations

  • Genocide involves the attempt to achieve the disappearance of a group by whatever means. It does not have to be violent, it could be a combination of policies that would lead to a certain group dying out.
    -- Malcolm Fraser

    #Mean #Dying #Groups

  • There are no quick fixes to Indigenous poverty and social disaster.
    -- Malcolm Fraser

    #Poverty #Disaster #Social

  • We are lagging far behind comparable countries in overcoming the disadvantages Indigenous people face.
    -- Malcolm Fraser

    #Country #People #Overcoming

  • The great task of statesmanship is to apply past lessons to new situations, to draw correct analogies to understand and act upon present forces, to recognise the need for change.
    -- Malcolm Fraser

    #Leadership #Past #Tasks

  • I want to catch Mr Whitlam with his pants down.
    -- Malcolm Fraser

    #Party #Want #Pants

  • Over 120 Aboriginal communities run their own health services - some have been doing so for 30 years. They struggle with difficult medical problems. They also try to deal with counselling, stolen generations issues, family relationships, violence, suicide prevention.
    -- Malcolm Fraser

    #Suicide #Running #Struggle

  • He (Gorton) is not fit to hold the great office of Prime Minister.
    -- Malcolm Fraser

    #Party #Office #Fit

  • People die because they find living too painful.
    -- Malcolm Fraser

    #People #Painful #Dies

  • Yet there are thousands of Indigenous people searching for family members.
    -- Malcolm Fraser

    #People #Members #Indigenous

  • Development requires modification and transformation of the environment... the planet's capacity to support its people us being irreversibly reduced by the destruction and degradation of the biosphere and the need to understand the problem and take corrective action is becoming urgent.
    -- Malcolm Fraser

    #People #Support #Needs

  • Even Australians who take a very, very hard line about asylum seekers - and unfortunately there are more than I would like to think - are probably a bit uncomfortable with the kind of treatment that has been meted out to children in detention by the Australian Government, in their name.
    -- Malcolm Fraser

    #Children #Thinking #Government

  • Health economists have estimated that an injection of $250 million per year in Indigenous clinical care, and $50 million in preventative care, is required to provide services at the same level as for any other group with the health conditions of Indigenous Australians.
    -- Malcolm Fraser

    #Years #Levels #Care

  • Three years ago the Government announced the creation of Reconciliation Place, and said that it would include a memorial to those removed from their families. However, they refused to include any of those who were removed in the design of their own memorial.
    -- Malcolm Fraser

    #Government #Years #Design

  • In the last twelve years, we have come some distance towards reconciliation and the breaking down of disadvantage. Let us take encouragement from what has been achieved and set our minds and hearts to end the remaining roadblocks.
    -- Malcolm Fraser

    #Encouragement #Distance #Heart

  • Last year the National Sorry Day Committee consulted with stolen generations people in every State and Territory, and concluded that programmes set up in response to the Bringing Them Home Report are reaching only a small fraction of those they are intended to help.
    -- Malcolm Fraser

    #Sorry #Home #Years

  • Maoris now own over half the commercial fishing industry in New Zealand.
    -- Malcolm Fraser

    #Fishing #Half #Industry

  • Sorry Day falls on the eve of Reconciliation Week, giving us the chance to ask whether we are making progress in the wider challenge of reconciling Indigenous and other Australians.
    -- Malcolm Fraser

    #Sorry #Fall #Giving

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