Former PM Malcolm Fraser warns politicians are taking us backwards

Australia’s current generation of federal politicians have trashed the nation’s reputation abroad and fostered a sense of disillusionment and apathy among voters through their lack of leadership, says former prime minister Malcolm Fraser.

In an interview for The Zone today, Mr Fraser lambasts both major political parties for taking the nation backwards on issues including indigenous and immigration policy and foreign relations.

He says they have resorted to attacking each other rather than taking a lead on developing good policy.

Both major political parties are rattling around at the bottom of the barrel trying to find something derogatory they can say about the other party, Mr Fraser told The Age. I believe at the moment they would use any issue if they think there’s a vote in it — via

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