Joseph Poprzeczny

Joseph Poprzeczny has taught politics, economic history and history at three Australian universities and been a researcher/personal assistant to three federal parliamentarians. He has over 30-years experience as a politics and education reporter and columnist and served as research director of Perth Chamber of Commerce. His biography of the 20th century’s major genocidal killer, Hitler’s Man in the East, Odilo Globocnik, was released in the US in 2004 and republished by the Czech Academy of Sciences in 2009.

Few major scores, some own goals

The Abbott government certainly had no honeymoon period, and things are no rosier more than 12 months after it took power.

Silence is deafening on CO2 spend

Politicians on both sides of the fence tread cautiously on the issue of CO2 emissions ... well, most of them.

Is this Abbott’s Eureka moment?

Politicians rarely voluntarily seek to lower the tax take or reduce the size of government, so what's behind Tony Abbott's call for a 'mature' debate over the federation?

Has centralist vision had its time?

The Whitlam legacy lives on, on both sides of the political fence, in the push for ever-greater concentration of power in Canberra.

A galling lack of subtlety

Colin Barnett's tough talk on iron ore has all the hallmarks of a government fearful of losing control of the narrative.

Threat requires political leadership

The lack of a political plan to confront emerging terrorist threats is a grave concern for Australia.

Labor’s bitter past resurfaces

Julia Gillard's autobiography has poured salt into a few old wounds.

Global warming: humble pie served cold?

Debate is hotting up over longer-term climate trends, historical temperature statistics and a recent expansion of the Antarctic sea ice.

Recalibrate to heed warnings of history

It is difficult not to sympathise, if not agree, with Pope Francis I's claim that the spate of conflicts around the globe today effectively form a "piecemeal" World War III.

Bipartisan support for fuel review

An upcoming Senate inquiry is a sign Australia's precarious liquid fuel security situation may finally be getting the attention it deserves.

Unpopularity a fact of life for Abbott

There may be some disquiet about the performance of the government (and Tony Abbott) in the first year in the coalition party room, but the PM isn't likely to give ground in the leadership stakes.

PUP moulded in Palmer’s image

Australian politics has never seen anything like the Palmer United Party, a strange concoction of a family company mixed with a fan club.

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Exporters

LabelValue
Rio Tinto$26.71bn
BHP Billiton Iron Ore$24.30bn
North West Shelf Venture$19.62bn
Fortescue Metals Group$12.48bn
Woodside Petroleum$6.09bn
Others$81.20bn
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