Today we have lost one of Australia’s finest with the passing of Tim Fischer AC.

Tim was a giant of The National Party, he was a giant of Australia, but more than that, he was a champion for regional and rural communities. Regional Australia had no better friend than Tim.

He was a proud Australian who embodied the very best qualities of loyalty, kindness, empathy, courage and humility.

He loved Australia as much as Australians loved him and that passion for his country was evident throughout his life and career.

There are few people who have had the impact on The National Party and indeed this great nation as Tim Fischer AC. His presence was felt in every room he entered and his name and legacy will continue to benefit those who choose regional and rural Australia as their home.

My heartfelt thoughts are with Tim’s wife Judy, sons Harrison and Dominic and his many friends across Australia.

The man from Boree Creek will be sorely missed. Vale Tim Fischer AC.

Hannah Maguire