The Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, told the House of Representatives that Mr Fischer ‘was loved, he was admired, he was respected, he was revered … He was a deep thinker; a true representative of the bush; a man respected throughout our region … we remember a statesman, a mentor, a fierce advocate for the region, for our country and for its people … Tim Fischer made this country a better place.’
The Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, also spoke, saying, ‘With the death of Tim Fischer, Australia has lost one of our true gentlemen. We have also lost one of our greatest enthusiasts, one of our gentlest souls and one of our most doggedly persistent advocates. And we have lost one of the most distinctive figures to have ever graced the Australian political stage.’
Several other members of parliament spoke on the condolence motions in the House of Representatives and the Senate.