Roger Holdich joined the club in 1953/4 when he was 19.
Roger's career is extensive and a search of documents on the Internet only hints at
From the Australian DIPLOMATIC DIGEST (http://dfat.com/DFATsdecline.htm):
"(Malcolm) Fraser was angered by DFA's (Department of Foreign Affairs) resistance to
his foreign policy vision. His radical solution: to run foreign policy from his own Prime
Minister's Department. The International Division, previously limited to protocol-type
functions, became under Allan Griffith and Roger Holdich the nerve centre of Fraser's
foreign policy making. A frustrated Foreign Minister (Peacock) and DFA executive could get
little through Cabinet without their endorsement.
While Griffith and Holdich exercised their power courteously and responsibly, the
experience embittered DFA. Coming after Whitlam, Fraser's prime ministership further
sapped DFA's self-confidence and prestige.
Media briefing and access to East Timor records, Tuesday, 19 September 2000.
The National Archives reminds the media of a special briefing on the East Timor records
(1974-1976), from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), which are being made
publicly available up to six years ahead of time. Former Inspector-General of
Intelligence and Security, Roger Holdich, will speak
about the way the records were assessed prior to release. Mr Holdich is a member of DFAT's
editorial board for its publications of foreign policy documents.
The records comprise more than 300 files, 80 photographs and 15 tape recordings. They date
from Portugal's decision to decolonise East Timor to President Suharto's signing of the
bill to integrate it with Indonesia. The deaths of five Australia-based journalists at
Balibo in October 1975 occurred in this period
From The Age, Monday 21 April 1997
Colston inquiry urged in 1983
By NIKI SAVVA, political editor
Gareth Evans and Kim Beazley should have proceeded with a police investigation into
Senator Mal Colston's expenses irregularities in 1983, according to a former senior public
servant who recommended the action. The former deputy secretary of the department of
Special Minister of State, Mr Roger Holdich, said yesterday he believed an investigation
by the Australian Federal Police was ``warranted and the proper course''. Mr Beazley was
acting Special Minister of State and Mr Evans was Attorney General at the time. Mr
Holdich, who went on to become Inspector General of Intelligence and Security, made the
comments as more details emerged on the roles of the now Leader and Deputy Leader of the
Opposition in the 1983 scandal involving Senator Colston.
also refer to pages on Cyril & Lilian
Holdich and Geoff Holdich