Georgina Downer Had A Pretty Snappy Comeback When She Was Asked About Her Dad

May 16, 2018


When Georgina Downer joined FIVEaa breakfast, David Penberthy asked the freshly preselected Liberal candidate for Mayo about her father who held the seat for 24 years.

“The Downer name: blessing or burden?” Penbo asked. “Do you want to be regarded as your own person, not Alexander’s daughter?”

Georgina didn’t hold back.

“I am my own person, David! Thanks for the question. I’m much more than dad’s daughter. I think I’m a person of considerable achievements.

“I have absolutely no sense of entitlement to this. I am going to absolutely fight hard to win this by election. It’s a big battle but its’ something I am hugely committed to because I want to be the representative of the community that raised me and the people of mayo.

“I think they deserve someone who will listen to them but also deliver for them.

Ms Downer shrugged off suggestions she is the “FIFO candidate for Mayo” given she has not lived in SA for many years.

“I don’t think it is a negative,” she said. “I think it reflects a phenomenon that South Australia has been struggling with for a long time, which is this brain drain and talent drain -- I’m a really good example of it.”

“I don’t want that to be a decision that young South Australians have to keep making. I want to make sure, if I’m elected the member for Mayo, that I will be able to make sure that young South Australians stay here…”

“I never thought this chance would come up… and it has, and it’s been a huge privilege to be preselected by the Liberal party this week to have a crack at running for Mayo.

“It wasn’t something that I anticipated coming up. Opportunities when they present themselves, you’ve got to grab them.”