John Fischer (politician)

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John Fischer
Federal President of One Nation
In office
5 August 2002 – 1 June 2004
Vice President Paddy Embry
Frank Hough
Preceded by Pauline Hanson
Succeeded by Ian Nelson
Federal Vice President of
Pauline Hanson's One Nation
In office
10 February 2001 – 27 January 2002
President Pauline Hanson
Preceded by David Oldfield
Succeeded by Frank Hough
State Leader of Pauline Hanson's
One Nation
in Western Australia
In office
10 February 2001 – 1 June 2004
Deputy Frank Hough
Preceded by Office established
Succeeded by James Hopkinson
Member of the Western Australia
Legislative Council
for Mining and Pastoral
In office
10 February 2001 – 26 February 2005
Succeeded by Ken Baston
Personal details
Born John Duncombe Fischer
(1947-06-03) 3 June 1947 (age 69)
Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia
Political party Independent (since 2004)
Other political
affiliations
One Nation (1998–2004)
Occupation Company director
(Self–employed)
Profession Businessman
Politician

John Fischer (born 1947) is a former Australian politician.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

John Duncombe Fischer was born on 3 June 1947 in Fremantle, Western Australia.

Career[edit]

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.[1] His election was contested by supporters of Liberal candidate Greg Smith, to no avail.[1] In his inaugural speech, he criticised the privatisation of the Commonwealth Bank ASXCBA, 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.[2] He also criticised the privatisation of Telstra (ASXTLS), suggesting its Board Directors would decrease its coverage in rural Western Australia and thus making life in small towns more difficult.[2] 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.[2] He added that even though he was opposed to multiculturalism, he was not a xenophobe or a racist.[2]

He served as the Vice President of One Nation until 2002, when he served as its Leader.[3]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b David M. Farrell, Ian McAllister, The Australian Electoral System: Origins, Variations, and Consequences, Sydney: UNSW Press, 2006, p. 99 [1]
  2. ^ a b c d Inaugural speech
  3. ^ Far-right Australian Leaves Politics; Jewish Leaders Wary of Her Legacy, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, 17 January 2002