Richard Broinowski served as third secretary in the Australian Embassy, Tokyo in the 1960s, and was later executive director of the Japan Secretariat, a research group in the Department of Foreign Affairs in the 1980s. Other postings were at Australian embassies in Rangoon,Tehran and Manila.
Richard was Australian ambassador to Vietnam (1983–85), South Korea (1987–89) and to Mexico, the Central American Republics and Cuba (1994–97). His other books include A Witness to History: The Life and Times of Robert Broinowski (MUP 2000), Fact or Fission: The Truth about Australia’s Nuclear Ambitions (Scribe 2003), and Driven: A Diplomatic Autobiography (ABC/HarperCollins 2009).
Richard was born in Melbourne and educated both there and in Adelaide. He has a bachelor’s degree in law from Adelaide University and a master’s degree in public administration from the John Fitzgerald Kennedy School at Harvard.