The Boy from Boree Creek: The Tim Fischer story by Peter Rees

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June 2001, no. 231

The Boy from Boree Creek: The Tim Fischer story by Peter Rees

Allen & Unwin, $35 hb, 354 pp

The Boy from Boree Creek: The Tim Fischer story by Peter Rees

by
June 2001, no. 231

In February 1996, as Australians prepared to elect the Howard government for the first time, Paul Keating addressed a trade union rally at the Melbourne Town Hall. Keating, knowing but not accepting that he would soon be ejected from the prime ministership, ran through a commentary on the leading figures in the Liberal–National coalition. Keating’s message was that these people were second-rate and would disgrace Australia if they won power. In reference to the National Party leader, Tim Fischer, Keating attracted a big laugh when he averred: ‘You know what they say – no sense, no feeling.’ Keating, who had previously described Fischer as ‘basically illiterate’, regarded his opponent as a joke. He was not alone. There were worries about whether Fischer would be up to the task of holding down a senior ministry, especially his chosen portfolio of trade, and of serving as acting prime minister when John Howard was ill or out of the country.

Shaun Carney reviews 'The Boy from Boree Creek: The Tim Fischer story' by Peter Rees

The Boy from Boree Creek: The Tim Fischer story

by Peter Rees

Allen & Unwin, $35 hb, 354 pp

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