Former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer 'gravely ill'

Former ambassador to the Holy See Tim Fischer at the National Press Club in Canberra, 2012. Source: AAP

Revered Nationals leader and former deputy PM Tim Fischer, who has fought cancer for 10 years, is gravely ill in hospital in Albury, The Australian reports.

Former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer is gravely ill in a southern NSW hospital, The Australian reports.

Mr Fischer, 73, has been battling acute leukaemia and cancer generally for 10 years. He is currently being treated at the Albury Wodonga Cancer Centre.

In May, when he opened a museum dedicated to his life at his birthplace of Lockhart, near Wagga Wagga, he revealed he was hoping for a remission.

Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade Tim Fischer steps down off the Fairy Queen Express, the world's oldest operational steam locomotive, Friday February 26, 1999 during a visit to New Delhi. (AP Photo/John McConnico)
Former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer on the world's oldest operational steam locomotive during a visit to New Delhi in 1999.

"Almost in remission, not quite. I am just uplifted by this nice gallery," he said at the time.

Mr Fischer, who first became an MP at the age of 24, was National leader from 1990 to 1999 and deputy prime minister in the Howard government from 1996 to 1999. He quit politics in 2001.

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