New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro
New South Wales Nationals Leader John Barilaro Statement On Tim Fischer AC
Victor P Taffa
I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Tim Fischer AC, in Albury-Wodonga today, aged 73.
Known affectionately as the ‘man with the hat’, he grew to become an icon for regional Australia and led our country into one of the greatest eras of prosperity in our nation’s history.
He always stood up for the people of regional Australia and our communities are better places because of Tim Fischer.
One of his greatest legacies was a fearless approach to the reform of our gun laws that have kept Australian’s safe for generations.
Tim served in the New South Wales Parliament between 1971-1984, before serving as the Federal Nationals Member for Farrer in the New South Wales Riverina from 1984-2001.
He was Leader of the National Party from 1990-1999 and served as Deputy Prime Minister from 1996-1999.
I want to express my sincere condolences to Tim’s wife and two sons.
Courtesy of New South Wales Parliament Website
Date of Birth: 03 May 1946
Place of Birth: Lockhart, New South Wales, Australia
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly 13 Feb 1971-18 Oct 1984
Member for Sturt 13 Feb 1971-19 Oct 1973
Member for Sturt 17 Nov 1973-02 Apr 1976
Member for Sturt 01 May 1976-12 Sep 1978
Member for Sturt 07 Oct 1978-12 Aug 1980
Member for Murray 13 Sep 1980-28 Aug 1981
Member for Murray 19 Sep 1981-05 Mar 1984
Member for Murray 24 Mar 1984-18 Oct 1984
Political Party Activity
Country Party. National Country Party; National Party.
Member of Corowa Golf Club, Lockhart ex-Serviceman’s Club, Albury Commercial Club.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Farmer. Educated at Boree Creek Public School and Xavier College, Melbourne, OTU Scheyville. Recreational interests include chess, tennis, Bhutan trekking
Vietnam veteran. Graduated from the Officer Training Unit, Scheyville, in December 1966, served with 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment from January 1967-March 1999 in Australia and Vietnam. Discharged from the Army with the rank of Second Lieutenant.
Recipient of Thai Royal decoration for service to the Kingdom of Thailand in 1999. Honours Recognition by the countries of Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Poland. Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) awarded 26 January 2005.
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Member of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia. Member of the House of Representatives for Farrer 1984-2001. Deputy Prime Minister 1996-1999.
Local Government Activity
Member of the Livestock Grain Producers Association, Rotary and the Returned Serviceman’s League. Primary producer at Boree Creek 1970, 1964 until 1965. Year 2000 Mayor of Sydney Paralympics.
Son of Julius Ralph Fischer and Barbara Mary Fischer. Married Judy Brewer on 16 November 1992 and had 2 sons.