Alison Broinowski

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Alison Elizabeth Broinowski
Alison Woodroffe

(1941-10-25) 25 October 1941 (age 79)
Alma materUniversity of Adelaide
OccupationAcademic, journalist, writer
Political partyThe Wikileaks Party
(m. 1963)
ChildrenAnna Broinowski
Adam Broinowski

Alison Elizabeth Broinowski, AM (née Woodroffe; born 25 October 1941) is an Australian academic, journalist, writer and former Australian public servant.


Alison Woodroffe was born in Adelaide, South Australia, on 25 October 1941. She attended from 1946 to 1958 the Wilderness School in that city, and in 1962 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Adelaide. In December of the following year, she married Richard Philip Broinowski. From 1963 to 1964, she was a cadet for the Australian Department of External Affairs before beginning her extensive public service career, including various diplomatic postings, with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT).

In July 2013, Broinowski announced her intention to run as The Wikileaks Party in New South Wales Senate candidate for at the 2013 Australian federal election.[1] Broinowski was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2019 Australia Day Honours in recognition of her "significant service to international relations as an academic, author, and diplomat".[2]


  • 1965–68 – Freelance journalist in Japan
  • 1969 – Journalist and leader-writer for the Canberra Times
  • 1970–74 – Department of Foreign Affairs, Japan Section
  • 1975-78 – Second Secretary at the Australian Embassy in Manila, Philippines
  • 1978–82 – ASEAN Section, Department of Foreign Affairs; Co-ordinator, Australian Institute of International Affairs Conferences
  • 1982–83 – Administrative Assistant to the Governor General; Executive Director of the Australian National Word Festival
  • 1983–85 – Cultural Counsellor at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1986 – Director, Japan Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • 1987–88 – Director, Australia-Japan Foundation, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Visiting Fellow at the Department of Asian Studies, Australian National University
  • 1988 – Chargé d'Affaires with the Australian Embassy in Amman, Jordan, and Research Associate with the Korean Research Foundation and Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1989–90 – Counsellor with the Australian Mission to the United Nations in New York City, United States
  • 1990–92 – On leave from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to undertake freelance work, including lecturing, journalism, broadcasting and research on Australia/Asian affairs
  • 1992–93 – Regional Director with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Melbourne
  • 1993–94 – Director, Advocacy and Planning, Australia Council
  • 1995 – Visiting Fellow, Australian Defence Force Academy
  • 1995–96 – Research Associate, Ibero American University, Mexico
  • 1996 – Visiting Fellow, University of Canberra
  • 1996–99 – Visiting Fellow, Australian National University


  • Broinowski, Alison (1992). The yellow lady : Australian impressions of Asia. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • — (1996). The yellow lady : Australian impressions of Asia. 2nd ed. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • — (2003). About face : Asian accounts of Australia. Melbourne: Scribe Publications.
  • 2003: "Howard's War" (Scribe Publications; ISBN 0 908011-99-7
  • 2005: with James Wilkinson, "The Third Try: can the UN work?" (Scribe Publications)
  • 2007: "Allied and Addicted" (Scribe Publications)
  • 2007: as editor, "Double Vision: Asian Accounts of Australia" (Pandanus Books)
  • — (March 2016). "A long journey on the ikebana road". The National Library of Australia Magazine. 8 (1): 20–23.


  1. ^ Julia Baird (25 July 2013). "Alison Broinowski to run for Senate as WikiLeaks candidate". Retrieved 28 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia (A–L)" (PDF). Australia Day 2019 Honours List. Office of the Governor-General of Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 January 2019. Retrieved 27 January 2019.

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