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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.

Nationals stocks riding ever-higher

Led by the competent and effective Warren Truss, the Nationals emerged from the political machinations of 2015 with reputations intact.

Lightweight military leaves nation exposed

Canberra's aversion to pro-active, targeted spending on military hardware has diminished the nation's role in the region, and will do so in the future.

Barnett struggles to make ‘legacy list’

Colin Barnett's premiership will be judged on the capacity to pay down the debt accumulated on his watch.

Counting the cost of Barnett’s binge

The Barnett years will be remembered for many things, but economic responsibility is not among them.

Pre-emptive Putin takes aim at caliphate

With a large Muslim population of its own, Vladimir Putin is hoping to counter the threat posed by Islamic terrorists before unrest begins inside Russia, while also propping up the Syrian regime.

Turnbull’s coming for your hard-earned

Taxation 'reform' inevitably means Australia's hard-working mums and dads will be paying more.

Liberals fear fair-weather friends

Labor and Greens voters are so glad Tony Abbott's gone they are indicating their support for Malcolm Turnbull. But will this support transfer to the ballot box?

Easy to be wise after the fact

Some of our elected officials would be wise to consider their decisions more closely in light of recent events.

Turnbull needs to grasp the nettle

A federal election before next year's budget remains a possibility if the government remains boxed in on economic reform.

Turnbull’s city-centric transport plan

The Nationals may have corralled Malcolm Turnbull on some of his pet issues, but the new PM has a clear infrastructure agenda.

Collaborative regional focus for WA research hub

A new Perth-based think tank will have a vital research role to play in the Indian Ocean region.

Nationals wary of ‘Whitlamite’ Turnbull

A strong win at the next election will strengthen the new PM's hand in relations with his coalition partners.

Republican hopefuls look to trump ‘The Donald’

Donald Trump may be the early frontrunner, but only time will tell whether his appeal with Republican voters can be sustained.

Beazley praises our significant other

China may be top of mind for many businesses, but US investment here speaks volumes about the depth of Washington's relationship with Australia.

Let the soul searching begin

The Abbott government needs to acknowledge its mistakes if it is to mount a comeback in the polls, and win the 2016 election.

Old-school political warrior

A new biography highlights the importance of Bob Santamaria to the Australian political landscape.

People’s voice deserves to be heard

I met my first left-wingers not long after I'd left the bush to attend university in Perth. The experience was much as I'd been told to expect.

Political ‘animals’ the most equal of all

Tony Abbott has promised a root and branch overhaul of politicians' travel entitlements; let's hope he is true to his word.

Lack of leadership on entitlements

The Abbott government has been hurt by a failure to take a stand on politicians' entitlements.

Helicopter view of the black book

The Bishop expenses scandal is a clear example of how out of touch the political class is with everyday Australians.

Tough atop the political tree

Politics is a ruthless business, where poor performers are quickly found out and (more often than not) moved on.

Labor leader short on connection

The findings of the royal commission into unions, particularly as they apply to Labor leader Bill Shorten, may yet extract a political price.

Succour no more, Europe tells Greece

The Greek financial crisis bears an eerie similarity to events in Athens thousands of years earlier.

Rudd not asked to ‘own’ his role

One crucial question was missing from the excellent TV documentary The Killing Season, and it goes to the heart of the matter.

Shorten plays to win the base

Bill Shorten seems intent on winning support of the Labor rank and file before taking on the government.

Stains remain among Labor’s dirty laundry

It matters not whom one believes in the ABC documentary The Killing Season, the answer's the same for Labor.

Fifa furphy inquiry just the start

An investigation into Australia's failed bid for the Fifa world cup should be just the start of a closer look at how taxpayers' money is spent overseas.

Genie out of the bottle in Iraq

The situation in Iraq is rapidly heading towards one of two social and political outcomes, both unpalatable to the West.

Concern as blue-ribbon seats go Green

Both the major political parties are worried about the Greens' growing influence at the national level.

Governments do their own ‘double dipping’

Duplication of services across all levels of government is costing the economy billions.

Abbott banks on flamboyant largesse

The federal government seems to have abandoned any effort at budget repair, and is instead focused on securing re-election.

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Turnbull’s coming for your hard-earned

Taxation 'reform' inevitably means Australia's hard-working mums and dads will be paying more.

Counting the cost of Barnett’s binge

The Barnett years will be remembered for many things, but economic responsibility is not among them.

Lightweight military leaves nation exposed

Canberra's aversion to pro-active, targeted spending on military hardware has diminished the nation's role in the region, and will do so in the future.

Rudd not asked to ‘own’ his role

One crucial question was missing from the excellent TV documentary The Killing Season, and it goes to the heart of the matter.

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Counting the cost of Barnett’s binge

The Barnett years will be remembered for many things, but economic responsibility is not among them.

Too few enjoy the lucky country

Fear mongering over the size of Australia's population is founded in ignorance.

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.

Doing China’s dirty work

With US and Australian investigators' enthusiastic assistance, China is tracking down corrupt officials' ill-gotten gains; but the playbook calls for a familiar ending.