It’s a Downer v Sharkie re­match

Sunday Mail - - NEWS - MATT SMITH

FED­ERAL po­lit­i­cal as­pi­rant Ge­orgina Downer will again take on Cen­tre Al­liance MP Re­bekha Sharkie for the Ade­laide seat of Mayo.

But she has vowed to do at least one thing dif­fer­ently this time around – win.

Ms Downer, the daugh­ter of for­mer Howard Gov­ern­ment min­is­ter Alexan­der Downer who held the seat for 24 years, will con­test the fed­eral elec­tion after be­ing steam­rolled by Ms Sharkie six weeks ago. Ms Sharkie beat Ms Downer, pic­tured, in the July 28 by-elec­tion – trig­gered by the cit­i­zen­ship scan­dal that en­gulfed Ppar­lia­ment – after se­cur­ing 57.5 per cent of the twoparty pre­ferred vote. Ms Downer told The Ad­ver­tiser there would be one sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence for round two.

“I will win, that’ll be the dif­fer­ence,” she said.

“I’ll also have more time to meet more peo­ple.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to meet­ing peo­ple from the new parts of the elec­torate.”

Mayo will in­clude vot­ers from Port Wil­lunga, Aldinga, Aldinga Beach and Sel­licks Beach for the first time at the next fed­eral elec­tion.

Ms Downer, who faced ac­cu­sa­tions dur­ing the by-elec­tion cam­paign of not be­ing a lo­cal after liv­ing in­ter­state and over­seas for many years, said she was lov­ing liv­ing back in the re­gion where she grew up.

“The re­al­ity is my hus­band and I are rais­ing our two chil­dren here in one of the best places in the world,” she said.

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