VALE THE HON. TIM FISCHER AC
Thursday, 22 August 2019
Today the country lost a true statesman, patriot and champion of rural Australia. Tim Fischer AC was highly respected on all sides of politics.
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.