Former Deputy Prime Minister, Leader of the Australian National Party and Minister for Trade, The Hon. Tim Fischer has had a distinguished political career retiring from Federal politics in 1999.
He was first elected to Federal Parliament as the member for Farrer in 1984. He has been the Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources, Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs and the Federal Parliamentary National Party Liaison Officer for Western Australia. Mr Fischer has served on the Transport Safety Committee, Committee on Aircraft Noise and the Standing Committee on Transport, Communications and Infrastructure.
Prior to his time in Federal Parliament, Mr Fischer was involved in State politics in New South Wales. He was first elected as the Member for Sturt in 1970 and was later the Member for Murray.
Mr Fischer is currently a member of the Fred Hollows Board and was the Mayor of the Paralympic Village at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. Amongst other honorary activities, Mr Fischer is also Chair of the Crawford fund on International Agricultural Research, and Ambassador to The Year of the Outback 2002 and The Year of Ecotourism 2002. He is a Vietnam Veteran serving as a Platoon Commander with 1 RAR.
From 26 August to 1 September 1999, Mr Fischer was Leader of the Official Australian Delegation, which oversaw the popular consultation or ballot held on 30 August 1999 in East Timor.
Currently Mr Fischer is Chairman of FAMU Holdings, a private company with a range of business interests dealing mainly with export orientation. Other positions include Consultant Deloittes and NCR Teradata; Director The AA Company and Ausmore; Ambassador to The Australia Made campaign; Envoy to Adelaide-Darwin Railway.
In Aug 2002 Mr Fischer released his second book co-written with Peter Rees, “Outback Heroes" a book about those that succeed in regional Australia, the people and communities who see opportunity and a chance for renewal where others see dust.
Mr Fischer draws on his broad ranging and continuing experience to speak on a number of interesting topics:
• International Trade in the Twenty First: Dealing best with the unlevel playing field.
• Transport Template for the Twenty First Century: Why Trains matter!
• Why John Monash of Jerilderie and Hamel was the greatest militia General ever: Leadership Lessons from our military and political history.
• Inside the political jungle: How to set an Agenda.
• Lessons in Defence and Liberty: Why did Israel shell the USS Liberty in the Six Day War killing 34, Why did the US shell HMAS Hobart killing 2?
• Tango in Life and Work Balance!
“He captured everyone’s attention immediately with lighthearted insights into political life. Trade issues were covered in an entertaining fashion, much to everyone’s delight!"
International Business Research Institute.
“Excellent – to out brief: trade, politics and business and entertaining."
Institute of Chartered Accountants
“Excellent – Everyone loved him!
“Tim Fischer was an excellent spokesperson and advocate of our launch. He was prompt, well-mannered and an entertaining speaker. He also worked very well with the media."
University of Southern Queensland