Thursday, August 22, 2019

Tim Fischer

Possibly homophobic, a staunch Catholic and anti same sex marriage. His political views were opposed to mine. Why would I like Tim Fischer, a former high flying politician?

Well, he was very decent bloke. He was kind. He was charitable. He was generous. He has just died, probably from the result of cancers caused by the wicked dumping of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War when he was a decorated soldier.

I've heard anecdotes and I am still hearing them and reading about what he did for society over his lifetime. One magnificent task was supporting former PM John Howard's gun control laws after the Tasmanian massacre while he was a leader of a party made up of farmers.

His mind had extraordinary recall and I used to think he was on the autism spectrum. If it is inherited, then it was not a surprise that his son was born autistic when Tim married late in life.

If you like trains, if you like old and new trains, if you are interested in public transport, if you like hearing about overseas trains, if you have an interest in trams, if you like hearing about transport museums, then Tim was you go to bloke and while Our ABC has changed the web address many times, his various episodes of The Great Train Show are still online.

Vale Tim.


  1. I remember watching a tv documentary about him and the way he brought up his autistic son to be independent, etc, and I remember thinking he was a great and kind human being.

  2. Vale Tim indeed. And huge cheers for him supporting his autistic son AND the gun laws - which he got a heap of grief about.

  3. Sounds like a decent honest man.

  4. A decent gentle man who had the courage to stand up for what he believed in, vale Tim Fischer.

  5. Being a train enthusiast doesn't overcome the hokum and the anti-gay stuff for me. And he wasn't just a conscript in Vietnam - he took a commission and made a career out of it.

  6. I don't even know who he was, never heard of him. Not that I remember anyway.