The Australian Conservation Foundation has expressed its sadness at the passing of former prime minister and foundational ACF member Malcolm Fraser.

Mr Fraser was an early member of ACF’s governing council in the mid-1960s.

“Malcolm Fraser was a committed conservationist and played an important role in the Australian Conservation Foundation’s early years,” said ACF’s CEO Kelly O’Shanassy.

“As Prime Minister Mr Fraser ended sand mining on Fraser Island, proclaimed Kakadu National Park, prohibited oil exploration and drilling on the Great Barrier Reef and declared the first stage of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

“He stopped whaling in Australia and set up an Inquiry to argue for a global ban on whaling and signed international treaties to protect important wetlands, migratory bird habitat and endangered species.

“In recent years Mr Fraser was a strong advocate for the abolition of nuclear weapons and repeatedly highlighted growing global nuclear insecurity.

“ACF expresses its condolences to Mr Fraser’s family and friends.”

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