Alexander Downer

(Alexander John Gosse Downer)

Alexander Downer
Alexander Downer
  • Born: September 9, 1951
  • Nationality: Australian
  • Profession: Politician

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Alexander John Gosse Downer AC is a former Australian politician and diplomat who was leader of the Liberal Party from 1994 to 1995, Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1996 to 2007, and High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 2014 to 2018.

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That a pressing need exists for an International Criminal Court is an unhappy reflection on the tragic realities of the world today. United Nations
That a pressing need exists for an International Criminal Court is an unhappy reflection on the tragic realities of the world today. United Nations
These people are not kindly people. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I hate to spoil my own prospects, but I really don't respect the kiss-and-tell approach to public life at all, not at all. Life ;Respect
I think any good government will target on the finishing date, that is, the polling day and make sure that their strategy is strong and in place to get them successfully re-elected. Government
I think prime ministers, I actually think Cabinet ministers should be subject to intense scrutiny, I think that's in the public interest, even if some of the allegations made aren't right and so on, and they have to correct the record, it doesn't matter.
If people are concerned about my house and where I live again it's much more of a reflection on them than it is on me.
I'm not going into personal details of meetings I have with anybody, be it John Howard or President Bush or President Putin or President Yeltsin, in years gone by, whoever it may be, I'm not going into that.
I'm not terribly focused on whether I even could ever become the Leader of the Liberal Party or the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party in the future. Future
My father had the same name as me but he was known as Alec. He was a member of the House of Representatives.
Sheik Hilaly is making a good contribution. He is making a good contribution.
So this is all part of a free society. People are entitled to hold whatever view they want, and the media can report things how they wish. Society
Well goodness knows, goodness knows what historians will write.
Well people often ask me how I felt growing up with a father who was a politician and who was often away. But when I'm asked that question I often reflect on my inability really to be able to answer it in any relative sense because I never grew up with a father doing anything else. So I just have no idea what it would be like otherwise.
Well, I'm not going to go into what the letter says, because the police are looking at that. But as you say it's in Bahasa. But of course that's not to suggest that the letter came from outside of Australia. It came from in Australia. It came from Victoria.
Well, it's a - I don't want to disappoint you, but it's a time worn tradition of Australian Governments over many years not to get into any discussion about that aspect of intelligence matters. Time
Yeah, well I'm not aspiring to be the Prime Minister.
Yes, I don't think I shall ever become Prime Minister. Hard as that is to swallow, I tell you one person who is very happy always to see me say that, and that's my wife.