Tim Fischer served in the New South Wales Parliament from 1971-1984 and the Australian Federal Parliament from 1984-2001. He was Leader of the National Party from 1990-2001 and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade from 1996-1999.
Mr Fischer is actively involved in charity work and has held senior positions in various charitable organisations, including the Royal Flying Doctor Service. In 2005, Mr Fischer was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia for his political, philanthropic and humanitarian work. Mr Fischer has most recently served as the Australian Ambassador to the Holy See from 2008-2012 and also served as Special Envoy to Bhutan, Eritrea and South Sudan.