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Georgina Downer

Portrait of Georgina Downer

Adjunct Fellow

Georgina has extensive experience in foreign policy, most recently as the Director of Asialink Diplomacy at the University of Melbourne. Previously, she was a diplomat at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, and occupied various positions at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra.

Georgina has also worked as a corporate lawyer at Minter Ellison Lawyers in Melbourne, and as a researcher for US Senator Chuck Hagel and the Baroness Howe of Idlicote in the House of Lords, UK.

Georgina regularly appears on television, radio and in print as a commentator on Australian politics and foreign policy. She is a member of the Victorian Liberal Party's Administrative Committee and a director of the Indigenous arts project, The Torch.

Georgina has degrees in Commerce and Law from the University of Melbourne. She was awarded a UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chevening Scholarship and holds a Masters in Public International Law from the London School of Economics. She speaks Japanese and French.

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In Defence of the British Nation State: The Australian Case for Brexit

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Georgina Downer

On 23 June, Britons will be asked, Brexit or not? The answer will have seismic ramifications for the future of democracy, sovereignty and freedom. No lesser advocates than Boris Johnson and Prime Minister David Cameron have prosecuted the...

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No Escaping Brexit Lesson

Ideas & Liberty | Georgina Downer
Daily Telegraph 1st April, 2017

Divorce is never easy. And a divorce after 44 years of unhappy marriage is harder still. Navigating the settlement, splitting the assets,...

British Divorce Will Be Australia's Gain

Ideas & Liberty | Georgina Downer
The Daily Telegraph 30th March, 2017

If June 23, 2016, marked the beginning of the end of Britain's membership of the EU, today marks the end of that beginning. Now the two-year...

Donald Trump will lead the US in the right direction. We should take note

Ideas & Liberty | Georgina Downer
Sydney Morning Herald 10th November, 2016

Donald Trump's historic victory represents a huge opportunity for middle America. It is a rejection of liberal internationalism, political...

Way too much fuss over a simple T-shirt

Nanny State | Georgina Downer
The Age 7th September, 2016

This week Target became the latest target of the politically correct warriors. Target's crime of political correctness was to sell a T-shirt. A...

Britian's first post-Brexit PM Theresa May will be tested

Ideas & Liberty | Georgina Downer
Herald Sun 14th July, 2016

Theresa May is Britain's new prime minister. Should we "Keep Calm and Carry On" or hit the panic button? The initial reaction from markets and the...