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Peaceful solutions.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser and other world leaders approved as Zimbabwe-Rhodesia gained independence from the United Kingdom on 18th April, 1980. Inaugural President Robert Mugabe of ZANU-PF continued on as president for over 28 years as constitutional changes effected on 1st January, 1988 abolished the position of Prime Minister.

At the time Malcolm Fraser's Liberal Government was having difficulties with the recalcitrant Premier of Queensland, Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, whose National Party was contesting seats against the Coalition Liberal partner.