I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of former Federal Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer AC.
Australia owes Tim Fischer an enormous debt of gratitude for his service to this nation: as a soldier, as an MP in the Parliament of NSW and Federal Parliament and as Deputy Prime Minister.
As a soldier and a statesman, Tim Fischer was an inspirational example of what it means to live a life of service to your country.
As a farmer, Tim Fischer understood regional communities and what makes them tick.
Tim was an effective and passionate advocate for regional and rural Australia. His love of railways and trains became as synonymous with him as his Akubra.
After politics, his commitment to securing appropriate recognition for Sir John Monash exemplified his continued service to this nation and his selfless support for others. Tim Fischer was also distinguished in his service as Australia’s Ambassador to the Holy See.
On behalf of the Victorian Liberal Party, I offer my sincere condolences to Tim Fischer’s family and many friends.