Prime Minister Scott Morrison has praised the late politician as a ‘conviction politician’.
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and then Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd congratulate former Australian deputy prime minister Tim Fischer on his appointed as Australia's first resident ambassador to the Vatican in 2008.
‘Tim Fischer took to the highways and byways to persuade and convince regional Australians about the need for change,’ he said.
‘Tim Fischer walked his own path with honesty and humility and that is what Australians loved about him.’
Fisher started life as Lockhart in the NSW Riverina, and was conscripted in 1966, where he was wounded in combat.
Marrying relatively late at age 46, Fischer found happiness with wife Judy. Their son Harrison is on the autism spectrum, and Tim and Judy became voices in advocacy for neurodiverse families.
The government will be offering a state funeral after consultation with the late politician’s family.