FORMER Nationals federal leader and deputy prime minister Tim Fischer died on August 22 aged 73.
He had suffered acute leukemia for ten years.
Known as ‘The boy from Boree Creek’, Mr Fischer led the National party from 1990-1999, and was deputy prime minister in the Howard government from 1996 to 1999. “Tim’s legacy was established when he fought for reforms to Australia’s gun laws under John Howard,”
Nationals WA president James Hayward said. “Despite facing strong backlash from rural areas Tim never buckled, and helped deliver safer gun laws for our nation.”
As Trade minister he was dubbed Two-Minute Tim for his frenetic pace, opening up 60 new countries for trade with Australia in just three years.
He is survived by his wife Judy and sons Harrison and Dominic.