Well, the last Easter Island statue has been toppled. John Malcolm Fraser, 22nd prime minister of Australia, dead at the age of 84, outlasting Gough by a few months. Sheer bloody-mindedness, no doubt, by a man who probably attracted more hate than just about any figure in recent Australian life -- if only because he spent the first half of his career getting it from the Left, and the latter half getting it from the Right.
Rundle: farewell to Fraser, a political exile and the last of his kind
Malcolm Fraser's journey from upper-crust Liberal to Greens-supporting Leftie managed to alienate just about everyone.