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.

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.

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.

Ageing Australians deserve choice

Politicians from both sides have failed to offer real choice when it comes to our retirement from the workforce.

One way or another, we’re going to pay

For all its much-criticised cuts the federal budget fails to address the core issue of spending.

Hockey heads down right track

If the 2014 federal budget succeeds in reducing bloated bureaucracies and duplication it will have achieved significant change.

Abbott, Hockey’s mañana moment

The Abbott government has put off making the really tough decisions in its first budget.

Archibald cool on climate outlook

A new book on climate change paints a grim view of the future, but not for the reasons you may think.

Bring all lobbyists into the open

The NSW and WA governments should follow through on commitments to make lobbyists fully accountable.

Time for Labor to rebuild trust

The battered party could start on the long road back by taking advice from Joe Bullock and its 1980s’ team of MPs.

Palmer’s PUP could dog politics for years

Big-spending Clive Palmer can go on to play a much bigger role in political outcomes.

KL link back in the spotlight

Nothing can be ruled out in the search for information of the missing Malaysian Airlines jet.

Lobbying must come into the light

Arthur Sinodinos probably wouldn’t be appearing before a NSW ICAC hearing if disclosure of lobbying activities had already been legislated.

Fear, failures mar Howard legacy

Despite being an agnostic in terms of anthropogenic global warming, John Howard was spooked by Labor and the Greens in 2007.

Senators to speak for their states

The federal upper house needs more Senators prepared to act in the interests of the federation.

Putin pursues neo-Stalinist plan

Russia’s actions in Ukraine are part of a broader strategy by the Kremlin to assert greater influence in the region.

Federal fuel failure belies belief

The government’s inaction on securing Australia’s long-term fuel supplies is baffling … and negligent.

Contenders jockey for poll position

As the Obama presidency meanders along, the Democrats are already preparing for 2016.

Back to basics at school

The current school curriculum seems to have strayed a long way from the basics.



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.