Alison Broinowski

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Alison W. Broinowski
BornAlison Woodroffe
(1941-10-25) 25 October 1941 (age 77)
Adelaide, South Australia
Alma materAdelaide University
OccupationAcademic, journalist, writer
Political partyThe Wikileaks Party
Spouse(s)Richard Broinowski (married 1963)
ChildrenAnna Broinowski
Adam Broinowski

Dr. Alison W. Broinowski (born 25 October 1941) is an Australian academic, journalist, writer and former Australian public servant.

Her maiden name was Woodroffe; born in Adelaide, she attended from 1946 to 1958 the Wilderness School in that city, and in 1962 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Adelaide University. In December of the following year, she married Richard Philip Broinowski. From 1963-64 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]


  • 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)
  • — (Mar 2016). "A long journey on the ikebana road". The National Library of Australia Magazine. 8 (1): 20–23.

Book reviews[edit]

Date Review article Work(s) reviewed
2011 Broinowski, Alison (June 2011). "Runaway Presidency". Australian Book Review. 332: 65–66. Ackerman, Bruce (2010). The decline and fall of the American republic. Harvard University Press.
2013 Broinowski, Alison (April 2013). "Unsanitised history : past wars don't end all wars". Australian Book Review. 350: 15–16. Stone, Oliver; Kuznick, Peter (2012). The untold history of the United States. Ebury Press.


  1. ^ Julia Baird (25 Jul 2013). "Alison Broinowski to run for Senate as WikiLeaks candidate". Retrieved 28 August 2013.

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