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Clyde Holding
Member of the Victorian Parliament
for Richmond
In office
May 1962 – November 1977
Preceded by Bill Towers
Succeeded by Theo Sidiropoulos
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Melbourne Ports
In office
10 December 1977 – 31 August 1998
Preceded by Frank Crean
Succeeded by Michael Danby
Personal details
Born (1931-04-27)27 April 1931
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died 31 July 2011(2011-07-31) (aged 80)
Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Margaret Sheer (divorced)
Judith Crump
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Occupation Lawyer

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.

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