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Appointment of director-general, ASIS.



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M ED IA RELEASE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS ALEXANDER DOWNER

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18 December, 1997

APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTOR-GENERAL, ASIS.

The Governor-General has appointed M r Allan Robert Taylor AM to be the next Director-General of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) with effect from 1 March, 1998.

It is intended that Mr Taylor will hold office for five years.

M r Taylor, who is married with three children, was bom in Wynyard, Tasmania, on 23 August 1941 and educated at the Universities of Tasmania and Oxford. He is currently the Executive Coordinator, International Security and Resources, heading up the International Division of the Department of Prime M inister and Cabinet (PM & C).

Prior to his present appointment in PM & C, Mr Taylor had a long and distinguished career as an officer of the Department o f Foreign Affairs and Trade, serving most recently as Ambassador to Indonesia from 1993 to 1996 and High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea from 1989 to 1993.

ASIS is an important and valued part of the Australian intelligence community and I wish Mr Taylor well in his new responsibilities.

M r Taylor will succeed Mr Rex Stevenson vrho will retire as Director-General on 28 February, 1998. Mr Stevenson, a highly experienced and respected career ASIS officer, was appointed Director-General on 9 December, 1992.

Mr Stevenson assumed the position of Director-General on the eve of the Samuels Inquiry into ASIS. He oversaw major changes in the organisation, instituting a far-reaching reform programme that was accompanied by a complete restructure of the Service, the acquisition of new capabilities and the promotion of technical modernisation.

During a career of over 25 years, the last five as its most senior officer, Mr Stevenson made a very significant personal contribution to the organisation’s professionalism and international standing.

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