John Fischer (politician)
|Federal President of One Nation|
5 August 2002 – 1 June 2004
|Vice President||Paddy Embry
|Preceded by||Pauline Hanson|
|Succeeded by||Ian Nelson|
|Federal Vice President of
Pauline Hanson's One Nation
10 February 2001 – 27 January 2002
|Preceded by||David Oldfield|
|Succeeded by||Frank Hough|
|State Leader of Pauline Hanson's
One Nation in Western Australia
10 February 2001 – 1 June 2004
|Preceded by||Office established|
|Succeeded by||James Hopkinson|
|Member of the Western Australia
for Mining and Pastoral
10 February 2001 – 26 February 2005
|Succeeded by||Ken Baston|
|Born||John Duncombe Fischer
3 June 1947
Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia
|Political party||Independent (since 2004)|
|One Nation (1998–2004)|
John Fischer (born 1947) is a former Australian politician.
Fischer worked as a business owner before entering politics.
In 2001, he was elected to the Western Australian Legislative Council for Mining and Pastoral, representing One Nation. His election was contested by supporters of Liberal candidate Greg Smith, to no avail. In his inaugural speech, he criticised the privatisation of the Commonwealth Bank ASX: CBA, suggesting it encouraged its Board Directors to close down local branches in small towns across Western Australia to increase profit, leading to the dismantling of those towns. He also criticised the privatisation of Telstra (ASX: TLS), suggesting its Board Directors would decrease its coverage in rural Western Australia and thus making life in small towns more difficult. Additionally, he criticised the United Nations and the High Court of Australia for implementing international treaties and covenants with no say from the Western Australian population. He added that even though he was opposed to multiculturalism, he was not a xenophobe or a racist.
He served as the Vice President of One Nation until 2002, when he served as its Leader.
After the resignation of Paddy Embry, he and Frank Hough were the party's only MPs in Western Australia. In June 2004, he and Hough both resigned from the party to sit as independents. Fischer, unlike Embry and Hough, did not join the New Country Party and was defeated as an independent in 2005. He has subsequently contested elections affiliated with Graeme Campbell, a former Labor MP and founder of the Australia First Party.
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