Former Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser has been remembered as "a giant of Australian politics" and a "great moral compass" following his death early this morning at the age of 84.
"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," a statement released by his office said. Analysis from The Drum Malcolm Fraser's top achievements as PM Malcolm Fraser brought order to chaos
"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."
Mr Fraser — Australia's 22nd prime minister — was born into a wealthy pastoral family in 1930 and first entered Parliament in 1955 as its youngest MP.
He spent nearly 20 years as a backbencher and in the ministry.
From his first days in politics, Mr Fraser was an advocate of immigration as a means of boosting the population.
As a minister in the Gorton government, he became the first federal politician to use the word "multiculturalism" — an historic break from the Anglocentric past of his own party.
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