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Curriculum vitae - Timothy Andrew Fischer

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Tim Fischer mp Federal Member for Ferrer Leader of the National Party of Australia Shadow Minister for energy end Resources



Army Officer, IRAK - Australia and Vietnam

Member for Sturt - New South Wales Parliament

Member for Murray - New South Wales Parliament

Member for Farrer - Federal Parliament

Federal Parliamentary National Party Liaison Officer for Western Australia

Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs

Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs Deputy Manager of Opposition Business .

Member of Shadow Cabinet

Leader of the National Party Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources

Timothy Andrew Fischer was bom in Lockhart in Southern New South Wales on 3 May 1946, the third son of Mr and Mrs J R Fischer, "The Peppers", Boree Creek- Mr Fischer was educated at the Boree Creek Public School and Xavier College, Melbourne, He matriculated with Honours in 1963.

Mr Fischer entered the Army in 1966 graduating from Officer Training Unit (OTU), and served as a Platoon Commander and Transport Officer with 1RAR (Royal Australian Regiment) from 1967-69, both in Australia and Vietnam. Upon his discharge, Mr Fischer farmed at Boree Creek and experimented with the growing of lupins.

In July 1970 he won Australian Country Party pre-selection for the State seat of Sturt and was elected on 13 September 1970. In 1980 the seat of Sturt was abolished in a redistribution and Mr Fischer contested the new seat of Murray which he duly won.

In October 1984 Mr Fischer resigned to contest the Federal seat of Farrer - the most elongated non-metropolitan electorate, which stretches from Mt Kosciusko through Albuiy and Deniliquin to the South Australian border. On 1 December 1984 Mr Fischer won the seat of Farrer.

During his period in State Parliament, Mr Fischer served on a number of committees including the New South Walee Road Safety Committee (Stay Safe Committee) which was formed after he moved the original motion to establish it. He was also the National Party Whip in 1981-1984 and Shadow Minister for Forestry and Water Resources and Shadow Minister for Corrective Services.

During his time in Federal Parliament Mr Fischer has served on the Transport Safety Committee, Committee on Aircraft Noise and the Standing Committee on Transport, Communications and Infrastructure.

After the 1990 election Mr Fischer was elected to the Leadership of the National Party and accepted responsibility for the portfolio of Energy and Resources.

Mr Fischer's recreations include chess, tennis, water and snow skiing, bush-walking in Australia and mountain climbing in Bhutan.