Tim Fischer AC, Monash Medal Oration


From: Wednesday August 8, 2018, 12:30 pm

To: Wednesday August 8, 2018, 2:00 pm


Tim Fischer was born at Lockhart, NSW, and educated at Boree Creek in the Riverina and Xavier College, Melbourne. Mr Fischer served with the Australian Army 1 RAR from 1966-1969, in both Australia and Vietnam, before returning to the family farm at Boree Creek in southern NSW.


 In 1971 he was elected to the NSW Parliament. During his time in State Parliament, Mr Fischer became National Party Whip and served on a number of Parliamentary Committees, including the State ‘Staysafe’ Committee. He resigned from State Politics in 1984 to seek pre-selection for the Federal Parliamentary seat of Farrer, at the time based on Albury, Corowa and Deniliquin, from the ACT to the SA border. 


Mr Fischer was subsequently elected Federal Member for Farrer and served in this role from 1984 to 2001. During this time he was Shadow Minister for Energy & Resources, Shadow Minister for Trade, Leader of the National, and later Minister for Trade and Deputy Prime Minister in the Howard Government (1996 - 1999). He led the Official delegation to observe the East Timor Referendum in 1999. In Federal Parliament, Tim Fischer strongly supported harmonized strict Gun Law Reform and also the World’s newest Transcontinental Railway, Adelaide to Darwin where freight tonnage has increased greatly since its inception in 2004.


He retired from politics in 2001, served as Chair Tourism Australia 2004 - 2007 and then first Rome resident Australian Ambassador to the Holy See 2009 - 2012.  He was also appointed Special Envoy by the Australian Government to Bhutan, Eritrea and South Sudan, for a period of years. In his work and related roles, he has visited over 84 countries.


In 2012 Tim Fischer was elected Vice Chairman of the Global Crop Diversity Trust or GCDT with Seed Vault in North Norway, Chairman in 2018.


 Mr Fischer also has a range of business interests, mainly with an export orientation.  His hobbies include chess and trekking in KNP near Thredbo and the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.  Mr Fischer has also held the following honorary positions:

  • Chair of the Crawford Fund on International Agricultural Research;
  • Chair of the Australian Winemakers Foundation;
  • National Chair RFDS and National Patron of Frontier Services;
  • Patron of various charitable organizations.

 Some of Mr Fischer’s previous commercial activities include the following:

  • Consultant Deloittes;
  • Director AA Co., Ausmore Singapore & Asia Pacific Transport.

 Tim is the author of three successful books (published by Allen & Unwin):

  • Seven Days in East Timor
  • Outback Heroes & Communities that Count (co author)
  • Transcontinental Train Odyssey: The Ghan, The Khyber, The Globe

His most recent writings include:

  • Bold Bhutan Beckons (Co Author with Tshering Tashi)
  • Trains Unlimited in the 21st Century (ABC Books)
  • Holy See, Unholy me: 1000 Days in Rome (ABC Books)

Also his best seller book on WW 1 has been out since Nov 2014, titled:

“MAESTRO JOHN MONASH: Australia’s greatest Citizen General”

Tim lives at “Grossotto” Mudgegonga VIC 3737, with his wife Judy and two sons, Harrison and Dominic and at times at Boree Creek, NSW.



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