Born in Melbourne in 1951 and for thirty years Fraser was one of Australia’s leading criminal lawyers. He defended underworld families the Moran’s and the Pettingills, businessman Alan Bond, and footballer Jimmy Krakauer.
With success came cocaine addiction ending in 1999 with Fraser being charged with being knowingly concerned with an importation of cocaine, serious charges that received no mercy. This was the end of life as Fraser had known. He admitted himself into hospital and withdrew from use. This was the start of the long road to recovery, remaining drug free for the two years he was on bail and has remained so ever since.
Fraser pleaded guilty and received a crushing sentence in 2001; seven years imprisonment with a minimum of five. Despite being a low risk prisoner, Fraser was sent to a maximum-security housing thirty-eight of the most dangerous criminals in Victoria. During that period Fraser heard most disturbing tales from Australia’s most notorious prisoners. Nothing could prepare him for the shock that is maximum security.
November sees Fraser back in court as the pivotal Crown witness against serial killer Peter Dupas on his retrial for the murder of Mersina Helvagis. The television series on Fraser’s life; ‘Killing Time’ is the subject of yet another court imposed suppression order, preventing broadcast of the series until after this trial.
Fraser’s gone full circle from lawyer to drug addict, from defendant to prisoner, from Crown witness to best selling author. On any assessment, his has been an extraordinary journey.
Upon release, Fraser wrote best seller, ‘Court in the Middle’, an insight into the prison world from someone who knows the criminal system inside out. It blows the whistle on the sorry state of our prison system and how successive governments have played the law-and-order card without regard to the appalling outcomes.
Fraser’s second book, ‘Lunatic Soup’ examines his journey through the darkness of maximum security to being the pivotal Crown witness against serial killer Peter Dupas in the Mersina Halvagis murder.
Book three, ‘Snouts in the Trough’ is the story of disgraced former drug squad detective Sergeant Malcolm Rosenes and the appalling litany of corruption that took place over 20+ years in the Victoria Police. This book names names and exposes ineptitude, negligence and corruption that one could not even begin to envisage. It is currently off Victorian book shelves at the insistence of the Office of Public Prosecutions. Watch this space! Fraser is about to go to the Supreme Court to challenge the validity of all the suppression orders in this state. Presently, suppression orders are handed out like confetti and at the completion of any given trial are never revisited, leaving the order in place for eternity.
It is a fundamental cornerstone of the law, that the administration of the law must be transparent. ‘Justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be done’. Unfortunately this is not the status quo in Victoria and Fraser champions your right to know. This will be front page news around the nation. From 2011 Fraser will be a regular contributor to ‘The Monthly’.
Killing Time is a 10 x 1 hour television series starring David Wenham as Andrew Fraser. Produced by FremantleMedia for TV1, the series is based upon Court in the Middle and Lunatic Soup and will air in early 2011.
- 1.Everyone loves Underbelly. Hear the real story from the number one gangland lawyer, a first hand participant (not a commentator) and the amazing revelation that the Gangland wars were in reality brought about solely by Police corruption.Fraser’s insight and stories into the real characters include; Dennis Allen and the Pettingill clan, Lewis Moran and the Moran family, the drug squad and the armed robbery squad, all building empires to the detriment of our society.
- 2.Overcoming adversity; Andrew Fraser lost everything: he was disbarred, discredited, broken financially and his marriage was destroyed, but he refuses to play the victim.Fraser provides inspirational tools and insights in how to cope with and overcome the most catastrophic situations life can and does dish up.
- Getting your life in order
- Keeping your life in order
- Not losing sight of the big picture
- Living in a pressure cooker
- The road to Damascus
- The obvious becomes the overlooked
- 3.Brand re-invention. Running hard 24/7 as a young man Fraser turned himself into the go to lawyer for crooks across Australia. Cocaine and prison ended all that.Since his release in 2006 Fraser has reinvented himself as a best selling author, public speaker and anti corruption crusader.The Hindu ‘Wheel of Life’- How to claw your way back.
- 4.Does your organisation have a drug counselling policy? What do you do if you identify someone on staff using drugs? Education is cheaper and more effective than rehabilitation. If you wait until the horse has bolted it’s often too late and the damage to your company has already taken place. Be proactive and implement a drug education policy for your company. Then start random testing for drugs and alcohol.3% of employees at one of Australia’s largest corporations are currently returning a positive drug reading at work. This extrapolates to 10% of your workforce are using. The reality is, if you’ve taken ecstasy or ice on Friday night, you have probably been up the entire weekend however if you were randomly drug tested on Tuesday you are unlikely to register a positive reading. If you’ve been up all weekend you’re productivity on Monday is going to be next to useless and, if you work with machinery on a factory floor, you are far more likely to have an accident, which affects a company’s productivity and costs money.
- 5.So far we’ve only talked about illicit drugs. What’s your company’s policy relating to alcohol and cigarettes? How many of you today have not consumed any alcohol. You have 4 drinks at today’s lunch you’re over .05. If on the way home or back to the office and you hit a school kid or pedestrian with your car and you’re over .05 and they die, you will spend more time in jail than me. And I nearly did 5 years. You’ll be amazed to find out how many people are in jail for culpable driving. Insurance policies become void if the policy holder is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, so guess what, if the person on your staff involved in the accident is driving a company car, you’re company will wear any and all claims.One of the first questions your insurer will ask is; What is your company’s policy relating to drugs and alcohol?Fraser peppers all of his speaking engagements with sometimes hilarious and sometimes scary anecdotes which audiences love.