Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser was booed and jeered by more than 100 demonstrators, when he addressed an open air election rally in Brisbane on Thursday (24 November).
CU AND GV: poster of Liberal candidate Don Cameron during political campaign.
SV: demonstrators against Liberal party and are taken away by police.
CU: Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser speaking to crowd.
HARVEY:"It was after Mr Fraser left the square that police trouble began. Groups of demonstrators moved forward as Liberal Party supporters were dismantling the platform, and began distributing an anti-uranium petition. Police moved in quickly, and within half an hour some half dozen had been arrested and taken off to the nearest police station."
FRASER: "Are we going to have debate on the policies and programmes that affect Australians, or are we going to let Labour get away with putting Australian politics into the gutter? That's what they have been trying to do, trying to campaign by smear and innuendo, trying to campaign by playing the man and not the policies. Labour are fighting the dirtiest campaign in my 22 years in parliament."
According to Reuters, the Government's chances of winning a new term of office have slumped sharply following Labour allegations about business dealings and finances of senior minister, including Mr Fraser, and last week's enforced resignation of Federal Treasurer Phillip Lynch.
REPORTER: PETER HARVEY
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Background: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser was booed and jeered by more than 100 demonstrators, when he addressed an open air election rally in Brisbane on Thursday (24 November). While demonstrators waved placards and chanted 'Get Fraser out' the Prime Minister lashed out at what he called Labour's campaign of 'smear and innuendo'. The election has been called for December 10, and it will be the fourth time in five years that the Australia in people have been asked to go to the polls. Mr Fraser, who heads a coalition of the Liberal and Country Parties was in brisbane campaigning on behalf of Liberal candidate Don Cameron. Peter Harvey of the National Nine network, reports.