The Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEF) remembers the life, quirky nous and dedication to education that the Boy from Boree Creek – the Hon Tim Fischer AC – shared with our organisation as Patron.
Mr Fischer passed away on Wednesday, aged 73, after a decade-long battle with acute leukaemia.
The former deputy Prime Minister and Nationals leader was involved with CEF for over 15 years; only relinquishing his position as CEF Patron during his appointment as Australia’s first resident Vatican ambassador. He was re-instated to the position following his return from overseas.
CEF chairman Nick Burton Taylor recalled Mr Fischer’s “encyclopaedic” military knowledge, which provided him with an educated understanding on the future direction for our nation down to the community level.
“Tim was always committed to the benefits that education provided, often citing the much-admired General John Monash: ‘Depend upon it, the only hope for Australia is the ballot box and an educated electorate.’,” Mr Burton Taylor said.
“He had the remarkable ability to recognise the lessons of history and to apply the learnings to what was being experienced in the moment. He only recently spoke at a public forum on such schoolings.”
Mr Burton Taylor said all in the CEF community offer their profound thanks to Tim for sharing his wisdom, energy and enthusiasm for country Australia with the Country Education Foundation.
“To [Tim’s family] Judy, Harrison and Dominic we offer profound thanks for sharing Tim with CEF in full,” he said.
Mr Fischer celebrated CEF’s historic inauguration in Victoria – with the launch of CEF Warracknabeal – just last month.
He was generous in enthusiastically sharing his wisdom in a dedicated plight for education to enable progress.
“Good education provides not only individuals with keys for a positive future, individual meshing cogs to create real progress but also the seeds on which the fabric of the nation can build and progress. The Country Education Foundation is a great facilitator in this regard, a great overall cog in the machinery of the nation – it is deserving of wide support.” The Hon Tim Fischer AC
“The CEF has lifted the lives of many and in the process lifted the fabric of rural and regional communities across the nation.” The Hon Tim Fischer AC
“The quid pro quo is for students to have commitment and work hard to maximise their chances their chances and their progress through good educational choices and achievements.” The Hon Tim Fischer AC
The Hon Tim Fischer AC will be remembered by CEF as one of our strongest advocates; a man on a plight to promote the life-changing opportunities an education journey provides to the young students from rural and regional Australia we support.