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Tim FischerTimothy Andrew Fischer, (born 3 May 1946) is a former Australian politician and diplomat who served as leader of the National Party from 1990 to 1999. He was Deputy Prime Minister in the Howard Government from 1996 to 1999.
Fischer was born in Lockhart, New South Wales. He served with the Australian Army in the Vietnam War, and on his return bought a farming property at Boree Creek. He served in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1971 to 1984. Fisher was elected to the House of Representatives at the 1984 election, representing the Division of Farrer until his retirement in 2001. He replaced Charles Blunt as leader of the National Party in 1990, and in the Howard Government served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade. After leaving politics, Fischer served as chairman of Tourism Australia from 2004 to 2007, and was later Ambassador to the Holy See from 2009 to 2012. Provided by wikipedia