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Patron
Known for his support in high speed rail and passion for trains, Tim Fischer AC is the TrackSAFE Foundation Patron.

Mr Tim Fischer AC was born in Lockhart, NSW, and educated at Boree Creek in the Riverina and at 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 in Albury, Corowa and Deniliquin, from the ACT to the SA border.

Subsequently elected Federal Member for Farrer, Mr Fischer served in this role from 1984 to 2001. During this time he was Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources, Shadow Minister for Trade, Leader of the Nationals, and later Minister for Trade and Deputy Prime Minister in the Howard Government 1996 - 1999. He also led the Official delegation to observe the East Timor Referendum in 1999.

Retiring from politics in 2001, Mr Fischer served as Chair of Tourism Australia 2004 - 2007 and first Rome resident Australian Ambassador to the Holy See 2009 - 2012.

Mr Fischer is Chairman of FAMU Holdings, a private company, and has a range of business interests, mainly with an export orientation.  His hobbies include chess and trekking in KNP and the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.

Mr Fischer is the author of three successful books including; Transcontinental Train Odyssey: The Ghan, The Khyber, The Globe. More recently, Tim’s writings include Trains Unlimited in the 21st Century (ABC Books).

Mr Fischer is committed to rail, with a desire to ensure Australia has a safe rail network for those travelling on and around trains as well as the employees running the rail network.