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Beloved former deputy PM dies aged 73

Former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer died in a NSW hospital on Wednesday night, aged 73, after a decade-long battle with cancer.

Mr Fischer became an MP at 24, and was Nationals leader from 1990-1999 and deputy PM for John Howard from 1996-1999, playing a key role in tough gun controls introduced after the 1996 Port ­Arthur massacre.

Nicknamed “Two-Minute Tim”, Mr Fischer was described as the “epitome of a good bloke” and “very genuinely loved people in this place (Parliament)”, and held in high regard by his opponents.

"Today the country lost a true statesman, patriot and champion of rural Australia. Tim Fischer AC was highly respected on all sides of politics," said Senator Bridget McKenzie, Deputy Leader of The Nationals.

"I had the honour to catch up with Tim at a Nationals’ barbeque at Milawa just over a month ago and he was his cheeky, witty self, with his clever one-liners and engaging conversation.

"His vision and passion for The National Party and rural and regional Australia was as evident that day as it was throughout his distinguished career.

"I think he’s one of those iconic figures in modern Australia, the young farmer who served his country in war and in public life.

"Tim maintained an active public life after Canberra. Regional Australia’s growth and development is testament to his deep, deep passion for our nation.

"He was a great mentor to me, whether it was a text message of encouragement, a kick up the backside when he thought it was needed, or as a sounding board to discuss political matters. Tim always made himself available.

"My thoughts and prayers go to his wife, Judy, and sons Harrison and Dominic. I hope they can take some solace in how much he loved them and how well the nation loved him."

Vale Tim Fischer.

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RIP Tim Fischer.

When Tim Fischer announced just after question time on 30 June 1999 that he was quitting as the deputy prime minister of Australia to be more present in the lives of his two young sons, the reaction was unusually sentimental. Sustained applause broke out in the House at the conclusion of Fischer’s farewell, and the standing ovation extended for more than a minute. The respect from around the chamber was a collective acknowledgement that Fischer had not taken the easy road during his public service.

Former deputy PM Tim Fischer proud of autistic son's growing independence. Source.

Timothy Andrew Fischer was a singular political character. He was born on 3 May 1946 in Lockhart, in rural New South Wales. Educated in Melbourne, he served in the army during the Vietnam war before returning to settle in Boree Creek in the Riverina. He went into politics in 1971.

Fischer was a lifelong railway enthusiast and Fischer’s politics were a mixed bag. The devout Catholic was socially conservative, and fiercely opposed to gay rights during his time in politics. However, he spoke out against Hansonism, labelling her interventions on race “divisive, dumb and wrong”. The gun control debate was enormously difficult for Fischer and the Nationals but the then deputy prime minister stood shoulder to shoulder with Howard in championing regulation after Port Arthur. Source.

Sadly it was probably the effects of agent orange in Vietnam War

that took Tim away from us so soon


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Mostly sick to death of politicians of all persuasions but couldn’t help myself - quite liked Tim Fischer...

The bloke just  seemed pretty comfortable in his own sort of gawky skin which was strangely appealing and made him come across as reasonably genuine.

RIP Tim Fischer.

When Tim Fischer,  announced just after question time on 30 June 1999 that he was quitting as the deputy prime minister of Australia to be more present in the lives of his two young sons, the reaction was unusually sentimental.

…..Sustained applause broke out in the House at the conclusion of Fischer’s farewell, and the standing ovation extended for more than a minute. Journalists also stood in the gallery above the bear pit and applauded as a mark of respect, and possibly contrition, given his rise to the Nationals leadership had been treated derisively by many commentators….

One of the good ones, RIP Tim Fischer

So sad we don't see his like in the National Party any more. Actually amend that to any Party.

So sad we don't see his like in the National Party any more. Actually amend that to any Party.

One of the few politicians I had respect for may you rest in peace

I agree with all the comments. Tim Fischer one of the best. RIP.

He was a likeable politician. Always advocating for  changes to the gun laws in America.  A good family man. Mat Tim Rest in Peace. Codolences to his family.

He was a likeable politician. Always advocating for  changes to the gun laws in America.  A good family man. Mat Tim Rest in Peace. Codolences to his family.

He seemed like the cream of the crop in a party of scumbags and morons. Certainly he was markedly superior to the current batch of imbeciles - clowns like Barnaby Joyce - in the National Party.

Please don't mention the B word.

He was threatening to resign from the NP yesterday from what I've read ... see here.

As Kylie Minogue sang "I WE Should Be So Lucky".

A state funeral to honour Tim Fischer will be held at 1pm on Thursday at the Albury Entertainment Centre.

Members of the public are invited to attend and celebrate Mr Fischer's life.

Tim Fischer will take one last journey on a train on Thursday in a fitting farewell for the former deputy prime minister.

Mr Fischer's family confirmed on Sunday his coffin will make its way from The Rock railway station to Albury railway station, arriving at 9.30am. 

 

"Well wishers are invited to watch Tim's train as it makes its way on the main line into Albury at 9.30am," the statement said.

"Tim's train will remain at the Albury railway station until 11am and members of the public will have an opportunity to pay their respects to Tim from the platform.


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