Alexander Downer Returns To His Childhood As High Commissioner To The UK

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Alexander Downer, Australia’s longest serving foreign minister, is returning to London where he spent part of the 1960s as a boy.

His father, Sir Alec Downer, was Australia’s High Commissioner to the UK between 1964 and 1972.

And now Alexander, a former South Australian Member of Parliament, is returning to London in the same job his father had.

Mr Downer replaces Mike Rann, a former South Australian premier, who has been appointed Ambassador to Italy.

He is expected to take up the appointment on May 24.

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