by Dee McLachlan
Alexander Downer was born in Adelaide (1951), the son of Sir Alick and Lady Mary Downer and the grandson of Sir John Downer. He was educated at Geelong Grammar, then in England at Radley College.
In March 1996, Alexander Downer became Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Howard government — a position he held until 3 December 2007. After resigning from parliament in July 2008, he held University appointments, a partnership in a small consultancy firm, and then a UN envoy appointment. In June 2014, he went on to become Australia’s High Commissioner in London — just like his Dad. He is soon to be replaced by George Brandis.
Having served as a house Liar for two decades, Mr Alexander Downer’s greatest moment was allegedly in May 2016. This is when he changed the discourse of world politics. Maybe he was “honored” with this important assignment. I ask: was he asked to play the role of intermediary — retroactively! — in the Trump-Putin “election collusion’ thing? And to add realism, the exposé was said to have occurred during a drunken booze-up.
The New York Times (30/12/2017) wrote:
“During a night of heavy drinking [we couldn’t expect anything less from our representatives] at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia’s top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton.”
“And on a night in May 2016 amid copious alcohol, cheese and Spanish meats… Alexander Downer, sparked the chain of events that led to Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged Russian interference…”
Australian officials allegedly passed the information to their American counterparts, and now the MSM believe there is a person with “a new level of credibility” to cause Trump concern. Wow!
The Sydney Morning Herald wrote this:
“Another CSIS expert, Michael Green… said Mr Downer’s dramatic appearance at the centre of the case ‘gives this story of Trump campaign collusion with Russia a new level of credibility that will be problematic for the White House’.”
Downer and The Iraq War
Although we supposedly don’t know if any politician in Canberra understood that 9-11 was a false flag, the Department of Foreign Affairs assuredly knew that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with the attacks in New York. However, the Howard government dutifully danced with the devil and agreed to a preemptive war with Iraq.
Downer was just another War-against-Iraq-supporter, but as Foreign Minister, he should have known better. He even argued that Iraq, the Middle East, and the world would be better off without the regime of Saddam Hussein — and he defended the claim that weapons of mass destruction would be found in Iraq. (God protect us from these leaders.)
I quote from a transcript, on ABC’s PM regarding a former weapons inspector’s resignation (31 August, 2006):
JOHN GEE: There were no WMD in Iraq and we were all wasting our time pursuing the illusion that there was something there… Officials were not free to report what they genuinely found on the ground.
SAMANTHA HAWLEY: [Dr Gee] claims his resignation letter never even made it to his superiors there, because it was stopped by the Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer…
JOHN GEE: …he had ordered our letter of resignation not to be circulated outside the Department.
SAMANTHA HAWLEY: …Mr Downer’s office described the allegations as a conspiracy theory… In his resignation letter Doctor Gee also expressed as his belief that the Iraq Survey Group’s activities are determined by the CIA.
KEVIN RUDD (Shadow Foreign Minister): The Australian weapons expert sent in to help came back and told Mr Downer to his face that there were no WMD there at all. What did Mr Downer do? He covered it up. He didn’t want that message to get out to the Australian public before the 2004 Federal elections. That’s where this thing stinks.
The Perfect Track Record
On 12 October 2002, the tourist district of Kuta on the Indonesian island of Bali was bombed, killing 202 people. Mr Howard admitted to Parliament that the Government did receive US intelligence warning of Bali threats — but they decided not to act. I quote the ABC:
“Shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States, an Australian intelligence agency, the Office of National Assessments, wrote a report warning tourist hotels in Bali would be an important symbolic target. They also briefed the Foreign Minister on their concerns.
Mr Downer had said that the warnings were not specific enough to warrant their further release to the Australian public.
Let me walk you through some of Alexander Downer’s other career highlights:
- He played a role in the diplomatic dispute known as the Tampa affair in 2001, when Australia denied permission for the MV Tampa to dock at Christmas Island.
- In August 2004 he made the claim that North Korea’s ballistic missile had a range sufficient to reach Sydney.
I quote Downer’s biography which appears on the website UpClosed:
- Downer supported the United States Government’s incarceration of two Australian citizens, David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib, in the Guantanamo Bay…
- …six months before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Downer had argued that participating in the invasion would be commercially beneficial for Australia [our wheat market].
- In April 2006 he appeared before the Cole Inquiry regarding the oil-for-food scandal and testified that he was ignorant of the huge kickbacks paid to the Iraq government…
- During the Tampa affair, the government claimed that asylum seekers had thrown their children overboard. The Senate majority report in August 2004 had found that the Australian people had been deceived. In 2003 Mr Downer had said there was no attempt to mislead the public. Please!
A Woodside Petroleum Employee
Woodside Petroleum has a London office in Cork Street. I wonder if Mr Downer was invited for tea while living in London as the High Commissioner.
Back in 2003 and 2004, Australia and East Timor were working on a deal to share revenue from the oil and gas deposits under the Timor Sea. It was Woodside Petroleum that wanted to exploit the field, and ASIS (Australian Secret Intelligence Service) was used to spy on the East Timorese to gain a commercial advantage.
It was only when a former ASIS operative learned that Mr Downer had become an adviser to Woodside Petroleum (after retiring from politics), that he decided to blow the whistle.
“…[Woodside] was working hand in glove with the Australian government and senior ministers to score the best possible deal.
“…[a] former ASIS operator decided to blow the whistle after learning Mr Downer had become an adviser to Woodside Petroleum… Mr Downer says the allegations are old and he will not comment on matters regarding national security.”
Mr Downer’s employment is national security? What!
So was Alexander Downer “working” for Woodside Petroleum while serving as a minister? Most likely.
It is like Andrew Robb’s “consulting deal” with Landbridge, where he does not have to do any consulting. I guess Mr Downer’s employment was also a corporate kick back for the support he gave Woodside during his term in office. Maybe he was under their employ all the time.
This is the man we now must believe over the Russian collusion story?
According to Fiona Barnett, there is another chapter to be revealed.
I see Downer as the perfect political yes-man patsy. The “Russian revelations” might even prod him towards a knighthood, like his father and grandfather before him.