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Menzies Lecture 2017

Australia and a post Brexit Britain

His Excellency The Hon Alexander Downer Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom

The annual Menzies Lecture is delivered by a distinguished person, of any nationality, to reflect on a subject of contemporary interest affecting Britain and Australia. This year we are honoured to welcome The Hon Alexander Downer AC to deliver our annual lecture.

This year topic could not be more fitting to our aim of the Menzies Lectures being of interest to both Australia and Britain. As the UK approaches Brexit, we will hear from the current High Commissioner on the future of both Australian and Britain post Brexit.

We invite you to join us for this year’s lecture followed by a reception at the King’s College London strand campus.


High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
The Hon Alexander Downer, AC

Biography

The Hon Alexander Downer AC was appointed Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom in March 2014.

Mr Downer has had a long and distinguished political career in Australia, and was until recently the United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus.

He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1976 and served at the Australian Embassy in Belgium before moving into politics. Elected to the Federal Parliament in 1984 (Liberal member for Mayo in South Australia), he held this seat until his retirement from Parliament in July 2008. He served as Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, from 1996 to 2007, making him Australia’s longest-serving Foreign Minister.

Mr Downer was a Director, Bespoke Approach consultancy and visiting professor, School of History/Politics, University of Adelaide; held a professorship at Carnegie Mellon University and sits on a number of boards.
Mr Downer was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2013 and was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001.

Mr Downer holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics and Economics from Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne in the United Kingdom and a Doctorate of Civil Laws (honoris causa).

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