Could Alexander Downer Come Back To Lead The SA Liberals?

Feb 5, 2018

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Former Foreign Minister could be the “saviour” of the state Liberal party.

According to Advertiser columnist Rex Jory, Alexander Downer is being mentioned in “low whispers” as a potential leader of the state Libs should the party lose the upcoming election.

“There would be a real danger that the party would implode in a nasty factional civil war,” Jory writes.

“Enter Mr Downer. He is undoubtedly the best-known Liberal Party figure in South Australia. He is respected as Australia’s longest-serving Foreign Minister, former federal Opposition Leader and High Commissioner in London.

“He is highly regarded in SA, national and international business circles and has a network of political contacts around the world…

“At a personal level Mr Downer’s grandfather Sir John Downer was a former state premier, and Alexander Downer would like to extend the family’s political dynasty.”

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