Frans Timmerman was a prominent member of the socialist Left of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) for decades, leading the ALP Pledge faction in the 1990s. He was a political adviser to several members of parliament and, in 2010, was made a Life Member of the ALP.
In 1973, Frans graduated from the University of New South Wales with a BSc, majoring in mathematics. He was associated with publishing from 1970 as a journalist, editor and bookseller and later became an Accredited Editor with the Institute of Professional Editors.
Frans co-wrote, with Anitra Nelson, the introductory 'Use value and exchange value' and final 'Global strategy: contract and converge' chapters of Life Without Money and took primary responsibility for editing the whole manuscript. He co-edited Free Palestine, published by the General Palestinian Delegation in Australia (1979–90), and was one of the authors of Marxism, the Nation and the Jewish Question (1988) which is still available at Gould's Book Arcade, 32 King Street, Newtown, NSW, Australia.
Frans died of motor neurone disease (bulbar palsy) 28 March 2014.