David Irvine (diplomat)

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David Irvine
AO
David Irvine DGS ASIO.jpg
Portrait of David Irvine from the ASIO website
12th Director-General of Security
Incumbent
Assumed office
30 March 2009
Preceded by Paul O'Sullivan
10th Director-General of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service
In office
1 March 2003 – 27 March 2009
Preceded by Allan Taylor
Succeeded by Nick Warner
Personal details
Born David Taylor Irvine
(1947-01-10) 10 January 1947 (age 67)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Nationality Australian
Alma mater University of Western Australia
Occupation Diplomat

David Taylor Irvine AO (born 10 January 1947) is an Australian diplomat, and since March 2009 has been the current Director-General of Security (head of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation). Prior to his appointment to ASIO, he was Director-General of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) from 2003 to 2009.[1]

Irvine was born in Perth, Western Australia[2] and studied at Hale School and The University of Western Australia, graduating with honours in Elizabethan history. He worked as a journalist in Perth, and joined the Department of External Affairs (the Australian foreign service) in 1970, and served as Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea (1996–1999)[3] and Australian Ambassador to China (2000–2003).[1]

He has written two books about Indonesia: a 1990 English translation of Bisma: Warrior Priest of the Mahabharata by Satyagraha Hurip,[4] and Leather Gods & Wooden Heroes: Java's Classical Wayang (1996; about Indonesian Wayang shadow puppets).[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b McDonald, Hamish: Puppet-master now pulling the strings at ASIS, The Age, 20 February 2003.
  2. ^ Appointment of Director-General, ASIS, Minister for Foreign Affairs, 23 December 2002.
  3. ^ Diplomatic Appointment: High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Department of Foreign Affairs, 9 December 1995.
  4. ^ Bisma : warrior priest of the Mahabharata / Satyagraha Hurip ; translated from the Indonesian by David Irvine, National Library of Australia, 1990.
  5. ^ Leather gods & wooden heroes : Java's classical wayang / David Irvine, National Library of Australia, 1996.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Bill Farmer
Australian High Commissioner
to Papua New Guinea

1996–1999
Succeeded by
Nick Warner
Preceded by
Ric Smith
Australian Ambassador to China
2000–2003
Succeeded by
Alan Thomas
Government offices
Preceded by
Allan Taylor
Director-General of the
Australian Secret Intelligence Service

2003–2009
Succeeded by
Nick Warner
Preceded by
Paul O'Sullivan
Director-General of Security
2009–present
Incumbent