MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
30 June 1999
Tim's "Win-Win" Career
It has been a great honour and privilege to work with Tim Fischer over the past three years. As a friend, colleague and my portfolio partner overseeing the development of foreign affairs and trade policy, Mr Fischer has been a tremendous advocate of Australia at a time when we have built a reputation as a key contributor to our own region.
His common touch, his decency and his integrity have been the hallmarks of a tremendous political career. It has been a career based on the principle of true public service - service to the Australian rural and regional community, service to Australian traders, service to war veterans and service to Australians enduring hardship.
Tim Fischer always spoke up for Australia and Australia's interests. His support for Australian products including Mick's Whips and boutique custom-made pistons in markets ranging from Almaty and Austria to Zurich and Zaire has been nothing short of outstanding. His indefatigueable spirit and optimism has been an example to us all.
Tim's career has been a "win-win",
whichever way you look. I have enjoyed every moment of working
with him in foreign affairs and trade and will continue to rely
on his wise advice and counsel in years to come. I salute him
for a magnificent contribution to Australian public life and
wish him, Judy, Harrison and Dominic all the best for the future.
Minister - Innes Willox 02 6277 7500
Department - Tony Melville 02 6261 1555
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