|Member of the Victorian Parliament|
May 1962 – November 1977
|Preceded by||Bill Towers|
|Succeeded by||Theo Sidiropoulos|
|Member of the Australian Parliament|
for Melbourne Ports
10 December 1977 – 31 August 1998
|Preceded by||Frank Crean|
|Succeeded by||Michael Danby|
|Born||27 April 1931|
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Died||31 July 2011 (aged 80)|
Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
|Spouse(s)||Margaret Sheer (divorced)|
|Alma mater||University of Melbourne|
Allan Clyde Holding (27 April 1931 – 31 July 2011) was an Australian politician. He was Leader of the Opposition in Victoria for ten years, and was later a federal minister. He was a member of the Australian Labor Party.
Holding was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly for the seat of Richmond in 1962. He was a strong supporter of indigenous Australian rights (including land rights) and national aid for schools. In 1977, he was elected to the House of Representatives as member for Melbourne Ports. When Bob Hawke became Prime Minister in 1983, he put Holding in charge of Aboriginal Affairs. During his term, Holding tried to make federal laws for Aboriginal land rights. But Brian Burke, the Labor Premier of Western Australia, did not want this, because it would have upset the mining and agricultural industries, which were very important to his state. Holding was forced by Hawke to drop the proposal. In 1987, he was moved to the Ministry of Employment Services and Youth Affairs. The next year, he was made Minister for Transport, and then later Minister for Immigration.
References[change | change source]
- Franklin, Matthew (2 August 2011). "Clyde Holding, 'leader of integrity', dies at 80". The Australian. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
- "Holding, (Allan) Clyde". re-member. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
- "Biography for Holding, the Hon. Allan Clyde". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 5 February 2010.