Vale, Malcolm Fraser.
Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has passed away, aged 84.
In a statement his family said:
“It is with deep sadness that we inform you that after a brief illness John Malcolm Fraser died peacefully in the early hours of the morning of 20 March 2015.
“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.”
Australia’s 22nd Prime Minister is survived by his wife, Tamie, and four children.
Mr Fraser was Prime Minister between 1975-1983.
While he entered politics at the age of 24 as a member of the Coalition, he departed from the Liberal party in 2010, stating it had shifted too far to the right.
Mr Fraser was an advocate for human rights and gender equality, tweeting about closing the gender pay gap earlier this month.
Four reasons to raise women’s pay that should make men happy http://. Let’s do it!
— Malcolm Fraser (@MalcolmFraser12) March 8, 2015