Malcolm Fraser awarded honorary doctorate

January 12 / 78

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, Chancellor Elizabeth Alexander and Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, Chancellor Elizabeth Alexander and Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from Melbourne Law School at the University’s final graduation ceremony for 2011.

Mr Fraser took part in a public graduation ceremony in the University’s Wilson Hall in December, beside Melbourne Law School graduates.

The ceremony also marked the official induction of the Chancellor, Elizabeth Alexander.

Professor Carolyn Evans, Dean of Melbourne Law School, welcomed the honouring of Mr Fraser.

“Without a doubt, Mr Fraser has made a substantial contribution to public life in Australia and beyond,” she said.

“The legal reforms instituted by the Fraser government include the passage of significant laws including the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (NT) and Australia’s first Freedom of Information Act.

“The Fraser government also established important and enduring legal institutions including the position of Commonwealth Ombudsman and the Human Rights Commission, and since leaving government, Mr Fraser has played a significant role in international affairs, particularly in the Commonwealth.

“We have welcomed the relationship that he has developed with the law school, particularly in the area of respect for international criminal law and the laws of war,” Professor Evans said

Since 2004, the University has been designated the official custodian of Mr Fraser’s personal papers. The collection is of historical significance and was described by the curator of The Malcolm Fraser Collection as having “significant research potential in the areas of policy-making and government”.

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