August 10, 2004


Somehow I donít think Alison Broinowski is the right person to be demanding truth from the Howard government.

Posted by Tim Blair at August 10, 2004 10:29 AM

a letter jagged with whine

Posted by: superboot at August 10, 2004 at 10:58 AM

Is Alison Broinowski any relation by blood or marriage to Richard Brionowski, the diplomat who gave a glowing reference to former DFAT officer and alleged paeophile Robert Scoble, now in jail in Thailand?? If so, then Alison, who has written, as I recall, words to the effect that we deserved the Bali bombing because of the way Australians behave in SE Asia, ought to be having serious words to her relative/spouse, particularly as everyone in DFAT in the eighties knew that there was something "iffy" about Scoble!!.


Posted by: Consuela Potez at August 10, 2004 at 11:08 AM

She's his wifey-poos, and what a charming couple they make! Something very similar has just been chased out of Government House in Hobart like a pair of poison trolls. Ali et al are dirty that it looks like another three years of a Liberal government, and they have as much chance of getting their ample snouts back in the trough for the next three years as I have of dating Bob Brown. this is the only Allison I want to hear from.

Posted by: Habib at August 10, 2004 at 11:34 AM

Who is she to demand the truth from the Howard government. Nobody has the right to do that. Shades of the website .Who do these people think they are ? Politicians always lie. That's their job.(There are two types of people in life : those who know what's going on and those dozy bastards that don't).

Posted by: Bill O'Slatter at August 10, 2004 at 11:39 AM

Yo, Andrea, how's the registration thingy working out?

Posted by: Steve Skubinna at August 10, 2004 at 11:50 AM

According to TIM she is Helen Caldicott's sister in Law too !
My God - what a pedigree!

Posted by: davo at August 10, 2004 at 11:53 AM

I was under the impression that diplomats were supposed to be, you know, 'diplomatic'. What happened to Richard Butler and Big Alison? Why are they both such heinous bitches?

Posted by: Andrew D. at August 10, 2004 at 12:11 PM

De-Ann Kelly got it right when she called them doddery daiquiri diplomats.

Most of them are retired; few are under 70 (John Burton was the Secretary of the Dept of External (sic)Affairs during the Petrov Commisssion, so must be at least 90!); and many of them are former ALP Government appointments from the '70s and '80s ie bitter and twisted Labour stooges. How many rocks did Ali have to turn over to find these old crocks?

Posted by: Freddyboy at August 10, 2004 at 12:42 PM

Good God! Was than an Allison engine in a motorcycle? That's almost as hot as Alyson Hannigan!

Posted by: richard mcenroe at August 10, 2004 at 01:33 PM

In around 1974 I was privileged to attend the first Indy SuperPull (a tractor pull event). These are hypothetically farm tractors pulling an esclating weight for distance. There was an "unlimited modifications" class. Basically it still had to superficially resemble something you could use on a farm. The Bosse Brothers Team of Springfield, Illinois had a single entry of three tractors driven by Allison 16 cylinder aircraft engines from WWII. The pull took place *indoors* in the Indianapolis Civic Arena. They brought in tons of dirt and covered the floor. On the last day, the three Bosse entries ALL were warmed up and running at the same time. One pulling at full capacity, two revving for fun. It couldn't possibly have been louder at launch on a WWII aircraft carrier. Some fun.

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at August 10, 2004 at 01:51 PM


As a teenager, I recall reading a magazine which featured a modified Rolls Royce, pink in colour, which was powered by a Rolls Royce Merlin engine.

All 24 cylinders, apparently ex-Spitfire, and was driveable.

Can't remember if it was road legal, but this was the mid-70's in the UK so possibly allowed to do so.

When I say modified, the only recognisable parts of the body were - RR grill, approx shape (but veerryy long) bonnet, 2 door(?) from the B-pillar back and a genuine RR rear body skin.

Posted by: DaveACT at August 10, 2004 at 02:30 PM

I've seen an e-type jag with a V12 Merlin under the bonnet, and they're a '57 Chev getting around Adelaide (I think) running a V12 Allison with nitrous- road legal. Just the thing to be driving if you happen to spot Bob Brown on a bicycle.

Posted by: Habib at August 10, 2004 at 04:03 PM

My mistake- it's a '55. Runs on 110 octane avgas. Be fun at the lights when you're pulled up next to a Toyota Prius.

Posted by: Habib at August 10, 2004 at 04:09 PM

And if you think that looks swell, how about Lucky Kaiser's 5 litre V-twin motorcycle, built out of the front two pots being sawn off a RR Merlin, and fitted with NO2. The thinkg would fire every second lamp-post.
Be great for doing donuts in the middle of the floor of Ralph Nader's office.

Posted by: Habib at August 10, 2004 at 04:16 PM

Broinowsky would prefer Paul Keating's foreign policy initiative of sucking up to that tin pot dictator Suharto .Broinowsky and Keating no doubt feel more comfortable with dictators than democracies.Sorry to interrupt the engine talk,back to the lucky kaisers,blokes.

Posted by: gubbaboy at August 10, 2004 at 06:44 PM

Makes me wonder what sort of editorials Lois Lane wrote for the Daily Planet.

Posted by: papertiger at August 10, 2004 at 07:37 PM

Big surprise that this scoop was written by Patricia Karvelas. This newly minted journo is the author of many previous puff pieces on Keysar Trad et al.

Posted by: bargarz at August 10, 2004 at 07:58 PM

Ain't that a dog-bites-man headline.

Posted by: Crank at August 12, 2004 at 12:40 PM