Alexander Downer

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UK taps Alexander Downer for ‘independent’ oversight of asylum seeker deportation plan
Former Howard-era foreign secretary was involved in setting up controversial offshore processing regime in Australia

Ben Doherty

04, Oct, 2022 @12:44 AM

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José Ramos-Horta accuses Alexander Downer of ‘distorting’ issues around 2004 Timor-Leste bugging
Exclusive: President of south-east Asian nation says Australia used cover of ‘supposedly altruistic foreign aid program’ to spy on behalf of oil companies

Christopher Knaus

27, May, 2022 @8:00 PM

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Alexander Downer features in UK video promoting Britain’s ‘new plan for immigration’
Former Australian foreign minister says ‘no one will end up being able to reside in the UK if they pay a people smuggler’, in UK Home Office video

Daniel Hurst Foreign affairs and defence correspondent

18, Apr, 2022 @10:56 AM

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Alexander Downer is the wrong choice to review the UK’s border force – Australia’s record is nothing to emulate | Daniel Ghezelbash
Downer’s appointment is clearly a political move aimed at boosting Boris Johnson’s government’s chances of re-election

Daniel Ghezelbash

18, Feb, 2022 @9:55 PM

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‘Deeply concerning’: British government picks Alexander Downer to review UK’s border force
Unions have condemned British home secretary Priti Patel’s appointment of the former Australian foreign minister and key architect of the Pacific Solution

Christopher Knaus

18, Feb, 2022 @1:05 AM

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Alexander Downer called Timor-Leste an ‘open book’ for Australia in 2000, tribunal hears
Former foreign affairs department officer says Downer made comment in private conversation years before bugging scandal

Christopher Knaus

08, Feb, 2022 @4:30 PM

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I bought six suitcases from Alexander Downer thinking they were empty. The fishnets fell out first
I wanted to use the motley collection of old brown leather cases as hipster-type storage – but inside, I found dolls, dress-up clothes, letters and more

Tory Shepherd

15, Jan, 2022 @7:00 PM

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John Howard and the ABC: desire for cuts came up against Liberal support for broadcaster
The Coalition government was left with a dilemma after the ABC had to scale back its international broadcasts

Anne Davies

31, Dec, 2021 @1:05 PM

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Calls for former Australian PMs to stay silent are hypocritical examples of conservative cancel culture | Kevin Rudd
There is great danger in the view that only serving politicians have a place in our public square

Kevin Rudd

09, Nov, 2021 @1:29 AM

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Can the Centre Alliance hold? Rebekha Sharkie faces 'betrayal' claims after universities vote
The South Australian MP treads a narrow path amid changing demographics in her seat of Mayo and accusations of Liberal sympathies

Tory Shepherd

10, Oct, 2020 @7:00 PM

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Australia's history with East Timor isn’t pretty but it must be told truthfully | Paul Daley
Good history demands the full and uncomfortable story be in the official account

Paul Daley

13, Nov, 2019 @1:26 AM

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Alexander Downer says Australia should reduce UK intelligence sharing if Corbyn wins
Former top diplomat in the UK says Labour leader’s ‘Maduro-style economic agenda’ would imperil Australian investments

Katharine Murphy Political editor

12, Nov, 2019 @6:12 AM

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