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.
IT has been a year since Premier Geoff Gallop delivered a stirring election night victory speech in which he claimed Labor had emerged from the wilderness. Minutes earlier, Liberal leader Richard Court had conceded.
ELECTORAL Affairs Minister Jim McGinty’s fingers are tightly crossed – hoping 13 becomes his lucky number.He desperately needs to deliver on the electoral reform front, otherwise his caucus colleagues will see him as “three-time loser Jim”.
WA’S Upper House, the Legislative Council, is under attack once again.This time the move against it comes not from the ALP, but from conservatives – Liberals and Nationals – some of whom want it abolished.
NOW that Attorney-General Jim McGinty and Greens MLC Dee Margetts have wrapped up their deal to boost the size of the Legislative Council from 34 to 36 members, it’s worth considering if WA has too many or too few MPs.
THE wisecrack that “whoever you vote for, a politician always wins” is true by definition.Rarely highlighted, however, is the fact that WA’s State MPs have, in relatively recent times, developed a propensity for boosting their numbers.
Breaking ties the best option for this unionLET us not become overly sentimental about possible outcomes of the current calls by Labor MPs to break, or at least markedly weaken, ties between unions and the ALP.
ON October 5, the day Prime Minister Howard named the election day, I called in at a Liberal campaign office to meet the candidate.Soon after, a Federal MP arrived.“Just heard November 10 is election day,” I said.
HARD-EARNED taxpayers? dollars are being eyed-off so hundreds of millions more can be earmarked for universities.Opposition leader Kim Beazley recently released his complicated Knowledge Nation policy document.
WA goes into Australia’s first federal election campaign this century with 21 seats at stake – 15 in the House of Represen-tatives and six in the Senate.For the second time, Western Australian Kim Beazley seeks Australia’s top political job.
ELECTORAL distribution remains a difficult issue whichever political side is in power in WA.The over-arching reason is that WA is one third of Australia – about three times the size of Texas – and unevenly populated.
CONTROVERSIES occasionally arise over whether a proposed monument – a bust or obelisk – ought to be erected at a particular site on WA’s coast.True, it’s not a burning issue, compared with, say, hospital or education funding.
WESTERN Australia’s three conservative parties – Liberals, Nationals and One Nation – are a shabby, rudderless lot.The Liberals are split between three warring factions – the right, center-right and the wets.
LIKE Aussie Rules, politics is a fast-moving activity and can be played deadly seriously.Usually there are only the numerically astute and the politically redundant, especially during party pre-selection season.
IT’S going to be a battle royale, a huge barney, one hell of a shebang.That’s how most in-the-know party activists are depicting the Liberal State Conference on July 28 and 29, two days after Prime Minister John Howard’s birthday.