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Appointment of Director-General,
The Governor-General has appointed Mr David Irvine to be the next
Director-General of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS)
with effect from 1 March, 2003.
It is intended that Mr Irvine will hold office for five years.
Mr Irvine is currently Australia's Ambassador to the People's Republic
of China. He has previously served as High Commissioner to Papua
New Guinea and has held several senior management and policy positions
in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. ASIS is an important
and valued part of the Australian intelligence community and I wish
Mr Irvine well in his new responsibilities, for which his personal
qualities, expertise and breadth of experience commend him.
Mr Irvine has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Western
Australia. He was born in Perth in 1947 and is married with two
Mr Irvine will succeed Mr Allan Taylor AM, who will retire as Director-General
on 28 February 2003.
Mr Taylor had a distinguished career in the Department of Foreign
Affairs and Trade prior to his appointment to ASIS. Over the course
of a five year tenure as Director-General, Mr Taylor has given full
effect to the high value the Government places on intelligence capabilities
and outputs and, in doing so, has enhanced the stature anhd professionalism
of not only ASIS but the whole Australian intelligence community. He
has shown outstanding operational and corporate leadership during
a period which saw the emergence of significant new challenges for
the security and intelligence communities worldwide. He also managed
this smooth introduction and implementation of the Intelligence
Service Act 2001 which placed ASIS on a statutory footing for
the first time. Mr Taylor, through his efforts, leaves a strong,
professional and vibrant organisation well equipped to meet the intelligence
challenges of the global environment and serve the security of all
Media inquiries: Chris Kenny (Ministerial) +61 02 6277 7500
Tuesday, 07-Jan-2014 10:27:55 EST