Scott Morrison pays tribute to former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer while political heavyweights turn out to be the funeral of the deceased national leader
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has paid homage to Tim Fischer as past and present-day politicians remember the respected former leader of the Nationals.
A cordial contingent of former prime ministers, ministers and members of parliament flocked to Albury on the NSW-Victorian border for a state funeral to greet Mr. Fischer on Thursday.
& # 39; Tim was as big as Australia and he will be remembered forever, & # 39; Morrison told reporters.
Thousands have packed Albury Entertainment Center to say goodbye to Tim Fischer from former Nationals
Prime Minister Scott Morrison (depicted with wife Jenny) has paid tribute to Tim Fischer as past and present-day politicians remind the respected former Nationals' leader
& # 39; I think it will be a fitting tribute to a great man, a good friend, and we loved him very much. & # 39;
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese said he had talked to Fischer about a possible job if Labor had won the elections.
& # 39; He was a strong supporter of the track – there was no stronger supporter in this country & he said.
A warm contingent of former prime ministers, ministers and members of parliament flocked to Albury on Thursday for a state funeral to say goodbye to Mr. Fischer. People who pay respect gather at the Albury station
& # 39; He was a very honorable man. He stood up on issues such as arms control and he had respect in parliament. & # 39;
Former Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd also paid tribute to Mr Fischer.
& # 39; He was an extraordinary Australian and from all sides of Australian politics we grieve for his death & # 39 ;, he said.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack remembered Mr. Fischer as a man of decency and integrity.
Mr. Fischer's coffin arrived in Albury for his state funeral by train after leaving The Rock
& # 39; He was a man of honor and I think there are many people living today because of the gun laws he introduced, & # 39; he said.
Mr Fischer, who was the federal national leader between 1990 and 1999, served as John Howard's Deputy Prime Minister between 1996 and 1999.
Mr. Howard said that Mr. Fischer's commitment to the coalition agreement had set an important blueprint for conservative politics.
& # 39; He was a great colleague and we formed a close personal and political bond, & # 39; he said.
The coffin of Tim Fischer was attracted with war medals and his beloved Akubra
Governor General David Hurley and his predecessor Sir Peter Cosgrove both attended the service.
Interior Minister Peter Dutton and senior ministers including Marise Payne, Simon Birmingham, Sussan Ley, David Littleproud, Darren Chester were present to celebrate Mr. Fischer's life.
Former Nationals leaders Barnaby Joyce, Warren Truss, Mark Vaile and John Anderson were also among the hundreds of guests that the Albury Entertainment Center packed.
Tim Fischer, who was federal national leader between 1990 and 1999, served as John Howard's deputy prime minister between 1996 and 1999.
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