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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.

New Silk Road to test China’s limits

China is banking on two enormous infrastructure projects helping it to shape the economic environment around its interests.

WA group gives Pope the word

In an unprecedented move, a local lobby group has written to the Pope urging him to reconsider his stance on climate change.

China’s territorial quest marches on

China’s expansionist intentions in the South China Sea are becoming more apparent, much to the concern of Asean nations and their allies.

Huff and puff won’t blow this house down

Provocative comments by the premier and his treasurer are playing well at home, but have found few allies elsewhere.

Straight talk could save budget

The government should be preparing the ground for a tough budget, not shying away from the heavy lifting.

Who’ll pick up the bill, Bill?

Bill Shorten is coming under greater scrutiny and growing pressure due to his underwhelming performance since becoming opposition leader.

Fraser fell for Chinese trap

Although not alone in doing so, Malcolm Fraser’s failure to acknowledge the crimes against the Chinese people by the tyrannical Mao Tse-tung diminish his legacy.

Iraq intervention will fail … again

Continuing Western interference in a 1,300-plus year sectarian conflict in the Middle East only fans the flames of hatred.

Populist play along legal lines

Two very different sets of policies – one Australian, one Chinese – are disrupting what has been a very lucrative part of the property investment market.

Major reform needs public support

Neither the premier nor his minister ever provided evidence to support their council amalgamation plan.

Sub-sized fleet can’t do the job

Australia needs a submarine fleet of 24 to cover the nation’s future needs.

Voters aren’t buying ‘Team Australia’

Tony Abbott and his team appear to have no ability to deal with the mire they have sunk into.

Barnett plan a casualty of coercion

The government lost the argument on council amalgamations because it was unable to prosecute the case for their alleged benefits.

Captain’s call just an educated guess

A remarkable similarity is evident in the leadership styles of Australia’s past three prime ministers.

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.

Integrity missing from lobbyist bill

As often happens when politicians try to legislate lobbyists, it’s what’s not included that’s most compelling.

Team Abbott not tough enough

Voter sentiment has turned against the Abbott government because of its inability to make tough decisions.

Calls for moderation ignored

The Egyptian president made an important speech addressing radical Islam earlier this month, but it was largely ignored in the West.

Stadium’s true cost stays hidden

Borrowing off the books may minimise the damage to official state debt but the money has to come from somewhere – taxpayers.

Team Abbott lacks coherent strategy

Tony Abbott may believe 2014 has been a year of achievement for his government, but its legislative shortcomings are all-too apparent.

From bad to worse on budget

The slump in iron ore royalties is going to hurt the state’s already parlous budget position.

Defence of WA vital in Indian Ocean

A lobby group argues WA’s central position in the increasingly important Pacific and Indian regions must be key to defence planning.

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.

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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.