Malcolm Fraser: Does anyone want to be the 51st state of America?

Speaker(s): Malcolm Fraser

  • Date recorded: 8 Jul 2014

  • Duration: 23:13

'Do we want to be an independent Australia for the first time in our history?'

- Malcolm Fraser

About this video

Hear the arguments of former prime minister Malcolm Fraser as he discusses Australia’s history of strategic dependence on 'great and powerful friends'.

In this video, he presents the case that since Federation in 1901 Australia’s sense of national security and foreign policy direction have relied on our alliance with major powers – Britain in the first instance, followed by the United States after WWII.


Malcolm Fraser was the 22nd Prime Minister of Australia and has become a well-known spokesperson on human rights and asylum seeker issues.