Former Deputy Prime Minister; author & patron
The Honourable Tim Fischer AC is the former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and was the Australian Ambassador to the Holy for 3 years until January 2012. A former Australian Army Officer, NSW State Parliamentarian, Leader of the National Party and Minister for Trade, Tim Fischer is also a consultant, company director, author, broadcaster, and multiple patron.
Since leaving DFAT, Tim serves on two Advisory Boards (Cognita Singapore and Global Crop Diversity Trust Bonn/Svalbard, Norway).
He is a former Envoy to Bhutan but continues to visit regularly.
A consummate and extremely versatile speaker, Tim draws on his broad range of experience in public and private life to deliver illuminating and informative presentations on everything from Gross National Happiness to Military Civilian Leadership and Infrastructure Excellence ... and even his obsession with trains.
More about Tim Fischer:
Tim Fischer served as an Australian Army Officer in Australia and Vietnam (1966-1969). He served in the New South Wales Parliament (1971-84) and the Australian Federal Parliament (1984-2001) including as Leader of the National Party, Minister for Trade and Deputy Prime Minister (1996-99). Tim was the Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources, Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs and the Federal Parliamentary National Party Liaison Officer for Western Australia. He served on the State ‘Staysafe' Committee, Committee on Aircraft Noise and the Standing Committee on Transport, Communications and Infrastructure. Tim also led the Official Australian Delegation which oversaw the East Timor Referendum on 30 August 1999.
Tim Fischer and his family live on the family beef property 'Grossotto Poll Hereford' near Albury Wodonga and has a range of agricultural, export and transport business interests. He was Chairman of Tourism Australia 2004-07, and of the Australia Thailand Institute 2005-08. Since retiring from parliament in 2001,
Tim has held a number of positions including:
- National Chair of the Royal Flying Doctor Service
- Chair of the Crawford Fund on International Agricultural Research
- Chair of the Australian Winemakers Foundation
- National Patron of Frontier Services
- Patron of various charitable organisations
- Director, AA Co., Ausmore Singapore and Asia Pacific Transport
Tim Fischer has written several books, including two about trains and one on East Timor. He also co-authored Bold Bhutan Beckons with Tshering Tashi and co-authored Outback Heroes with Peter Rees. His latest two books have been very successful : "Holy See, Unholy me, 1000 Days in Rome" and "Maestro John Monash: Australia's greatest Citizen General". He has also hosted a popular radio series on his great passion,The ABC Great Train Show.
Tim has been awarded a number of foreign honours and decorations including
- Argentina's Grand Cross of the ‘Orden de Mayo al Merito'
- Chile's Grand Cross of the ‘Orden de Bernardo O'Higgins'
- Brazil's Grand Officer of the National Order of the Southern Cross
- Thailand's Blue Ribbon, Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant
In 2005 Tim Fischer was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia. On July 21 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd nominated Tim Fischer as the first resident Australian Ambassador to the Holy See since 1973, when diplomatic relations with the Vatican and Australia were first established. He presented Credentials to Pope Benedict XVI as Ambassador to the Holy See on 12 February 2009. Tim Fischer worked closely with the Vatican on all aspects of the Canonisation of Australia's first saint, Mary MacKillop.
Tim Fischer talks about:
- Local and International Trade.
- The Un-level Playing Field: Tariffs and Free Trade.
- The Global Trading Village: The Future, Business Issues & the Community Framework.
- The Inner Workings of Cabinet and its Implications for your Business.
- Knowledge and Experience in Trade with our Asian Partners.
- The Renaissance of Rail, 200 Years On: Rail and Other Transport.
- The Himalayan Humbug: A lighthearted look at one of Tim's favourite places, Bhutan.
- Diggers to Damascus - Tim recounts how Australian film producer Charles Chauvel arrived in Damascus two days before Lawrence of Arabia.
Tim 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.
Initially people were curious n what Tim would discuss. At the end, all were very pleased and delighted by the talk.
Alliancing Association of Australasia
Tim was well received. He is an animated and interesting speaker. His address was relevant to the business at hand. Very good
The GEO Group Australia Pty Ltd
(Tim was received) extremely well. Many people approached us afterwards, saying how much they enjoyed hearing of Tim’s experiences and hearing his wisdom. Tim was not afraid to express his opinions on topical issues and to justify those opinions. He is also very good at slipping in comments that relate to the local audience and location... great for making the audience feel as though he was “one of them”. Had a few people suggest that we need to do this sort of thing more often. Ie. Get thoughtful and high profile people to come to speak to the community about all sort of issues and experiences. Makes for great, entertainment and makes people THINK!