Fischer salutes the Anzacs, and John Monash

web_tim fischer 02 cropped_pe_c3_20150420T’S OUT: Tim Fischer proudly signed many copies of his book on Sir John Monash following his address at the Beolite Village luncheon on Saturday. PHOTO: Pam Zierk-Mahoney

FORMER leader of the Nationals Party and Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer was guest speaker at a special Anzac Centenary lunch at Beolite Village on Saturday in the lead up to the Anzac Centenary on April 25, 2015.

Beolite Village chairman Sir Andrew Grimwade said Tim Fischer is one of Australia’s most respected politicians representing an age when our politicians displayed courtesy and vision, and not aggression and platitudes.

“Who else but Tim Fischer could be a Vietnam veteran and yet be an ambassador to Rome, who else could be a politician for three decades embedded in the bush yet remain an authority on trains, who else could serve as leader of the National Party and be Deputy Prime Minister of Australia in the 1990s and yet still remain active in his service to Australia?” Sir Andrew said.

Mr Fischer spoke with great conviction on “Maestro John Monash & The Anzac Centenary – One Week To Go” in which he calls him ‘Australia’s Greatest Citizen General’.

Monash was the man who turned the tide in the Western Front of WWI and whose achievements were recognised by King George V who knighted Monash on the battlefield, the first such occasion in 200 years of the British monarchy.

Mr Fischer pointed out though that the British were not happy that a young upstart born of Polish Jewish parents could be promoted through the ranks to a Citizen General (and in 1939 a full general) and be trying to tell them how to run a war.

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