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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.

MPs abusing their gravy train

LORD Acton’s famous line about absolute power corrupting absolutely is something some of our MPs ought to give serious thought to now that the flak over the $50,000 Reith Affair is fast fading.

Fairer process to court judges

IN case you hadn’t heard – in which case you’re not alone – WA will begin advertising for judges next year.That means filling Supreme Court vacancies.

Government on defensive

The article Freedom Is Now A Sleeper by Joe Poprzeczny (Business News October 19-25) demonstrates that the WA Government is losing its grip on making meaningful legislative changes.

Tourism harvest awaiting

NOW that the Aussie dollar is headed for the US50c mark it’s time we thought long and hard about WA’s tourism industry, a sector that can benefit greatly from the Aussie’s slump.

Freedom is now a sleeper

THE late Professor Patrick O’Brien of the University of WA often openly criticised governments, political parties, and public figures by claiming they had de-authorised themselves.

Weak dollar has silver lining

THE day Australia showed 3.5 billion TV viewers worldwide what it was capable of as a mass entertainer with Sydney’s spectacular Olympics opening ceremony, the Aussie dollar hit an all-time low against the Greenback.News from New York showed the Aussie

Screaming the wrong message

THE dogmatic and screaming activists are back – and with a vengeance.Not in any great strength in WA as yet, but they certainly roused up the numbers for eastern Australia last week for their first big screaming fest.

Geoff can gallop to a win

WELL, it’s that time in the democratic cycle again. Four years ago, on December 14 the Court-Cowan Conservative Government was given another four years in office.

Rockingham dips a toe in luxury

Oceanfront Rockingham Beach Road is to become the venue of a new luxury apartment strip offering high-rise ocean views of Garden and Rottnest islands.

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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.