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.

Political persuasion a line ball call

Despite all the huffing and puffing, little really separates Australia's two main political parties.

Semantics can’t disguise council intent

The government's plans for local council amalgamations have met strong opposition from some quarters, but not the big end of town.

Method in Putin’s madness

The hit to Australian food exports imposed by Russian sanctions is not the end of our involvement in Eastern Europe's latest political power play.

Democracy in need of counselling

Colin Barnett's determined push to cut the number of local councils is a great example of how out of touch politicians are with public opinion.

Kremlin denials implausible (again)

THE Australian government should demand that full monetary compensation be paid to families of each Australian citizen who perished when Malaysian Airlines flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine.

Piper Palmer plays to the crowd

The first two weeks of sittings by the new Senate have only added to the uncertainty surrounding the government's legislative agenda.

Abbott exhausts political capital

If Tony Abbott and his ministers had stuck true to their word they would not find themselves so unpopular with voters, after less than a year in office.

Is Palmer a real climate convert?

The appearance of mining magnate Clive Palmer with climate campaigner Al Gore in federal parliament's great hall still has many scratching their heads.

West misreads Middle East … again

The development of a coal-to-liquid fuel sector could help insulate Australia from global upheaval.

One bite too many for Palmer?

Clive Palmer has proved himself to be a political maverick, and it's likely his party's new senators could prove equally as difficult for the Abbott government to deal with

Malcolm in middle of something new

The often-used phrase 'Malcolm being Malcolm' may be about the communications minister always going after something novel.

Public service bloated, inefficient

The size of Canberra's bureaucracy and government financial support for some lobby groups can no longer be justified.

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Rio Tinto$21.40bn
BHP Billiton Iron Ore$17.97bn
North West Shelf Venture$16.84bn
Fortescue Metals Group$8.12bn
Gold Corporation$5.81bn
Others$53.39bn
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