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.

Demeaning kowtow to China

Australia’s deference to China at a political level does this country no credit.

Treachery during wartime

Australian troops were fighting more than just the enemy on the battlefield during WWII, according to a new book by Hal Colebatch.

Is Shorten leadership material?

The Abbott government’s first few months in office may have been underwhelming, but Labor leader Bill Shorten also has work to do.

Stalled on the start line

The voting public is quickly running out of patience with the Abbott government’s inaction, and seeming inability to offer a clear pathway ahead.

China map of shame

China’s growing hyper-nationalism threatens the peace and security of its neighbours, and the world.

Labor missing the big picture

Labor needs to have a serious discussion about its fiscal failings if it is to attract new members.

Wrong call on spy claims

The media’s sanctimonious approach by some media to the phone-tapping allegations is a bit rich.

Don’t take freedoms for granted

The AEC needs to work harder to protect the right to a secret ballot we inherited from the efforts of Australian pioneers.

Electorate sold a PUP at 2013 poll

Clive Palmer and his troops need to get down to work if PUP is to be anything other than a party of protest.

How will you be paying for that?

The ability to pay for the needs of our ageing population will be a test of the Abbott government, and all those after it.

Labor: last of the big spenders?

The Abbott government may be on the right track with plans to axe the carbon and mining taxes, but after that it’s anyone’s guess.

Second chance one too many

Kevin Rudd should have stayed gone when his party pushed him from the PM’s office, so now it’s up to the voters to deliver the message.

Tough times for a polarising premier

From council amalgamations to Elizabeth Quay, power prices to ballooning debt, Colin Barnett faces criticism whichever way he turns.

Political fix in on boat arrivals

The so-called PNG solution is a band-aid measure designed to sweep the issue of boat people under the carpet.

PM Rudd loves the limelight

Kevin Rudd has an image problem – he’s too concerned with his image to work at developing good policy.

Rudd poll bounce puts Libs on notice

Kevin Rudd has yet to convince many that he can be a leader of substance, rather than just style.

Don’t look to Europe for emissions lead

There will be winners if Australia introduces an emissions trading scheme, but it won’t be the taxpaying public.

Firing the starter’s gun on labour relations

Kevin Rudd has got the jump on the conservatives when it comes to fostering better labour relations.

Rudd redux a waking nightmare

Who believes Kevin Rudd has anything different to offer this time around?

Labor needs root-and-branch overhaul

        Scandals in state Labor parties have compounded the failings of the Rudd-Gillard government(s).

Why won’t they ever learn?

The Gonski reforms threaten to further bureaucratise schools.

Labor left it too late

Poor policy implementation and Kevin Rudd’s destabilising presence have cruelled Labor’s electoral chances.

On a hiding to nothing with China

What does the Chinese leadership’s tough line on the West mean for Australian business?

Heavy price for debt addiction

Time’s running out for the US, in particular, to sort out its debt issues.

Australia owes great debt to Labor

With debt getting out of hand, maybe it’s time we rethink how borrowing decisions are made at a national level, and by whom.

Australia owes great debt to Labor

It’s so easy to forget that public debt has caused considerable strife for Australia.

Putting a price on loyalty

ASIO needs powers to make sure those formerly employed by government agencies, who now act as lobbyists and consultants with overseas powers, achieve outcomes in Australia’s national interest.

Too few enjoy the lucky country

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

No easy choices for Labor

Investigations by Victoria’s Fraud Squad may put even further pressure on the prime minister’s position.

It is not all about centre stage

Australians wisely adopted a federation with restrictions on the central government, something Julia Gillard has worked hard to undermine.

A leader for the times

There can be no doubting the breadth of Margaret Thatcher’s influence, even after her passing.



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.