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.

Ideology driven by personal experiences

Both Julia Gillard and Wayne Swan cite their fathers as major influences on their political beliefs.

A liberal approach to national security

Some senior Liberals are a little too quick to fall in line behind business leaders advocating closer ties with China.

Embattled Gillard will try to tough it out

Insiders argue the prime minister faces four key options as she battles to revive her leadership and Labor’s fortunes.

Turning population debate on its head

A US expert argues we should celebrate more people and progress, which help the planet.

Gillard should cease her phoney excuses

The PM cannot keep relying on the fact she is a single woman, an atheist and childless to help her discount her political woes.

Labor’s ‘socialist’ model spells poll doom

Canberra has ‘plagiarised’ a successful Queensland development approach.

The Baillieu empire and UWA heritage

A £625,000 Hackett asset sale helped fund landmark additions to the University of WA.

Australia needs a culture of learning

Is more money really the answer to Australia’s education problems?

Hint of Thatcher in PM’s performances

Can an image makeover for the PM save Labor at the next election?

Rudd’s angry ramblings win few friends

Kevin Rudd’s newfound love of his alma mater is typical of his cynical approach.

Labor’s current leadership a deadweight

Labor’s leadership spill didn’t go far enough.

Labor slow to learn lessons in leadership

The Labor Party has a lot of work to do after this week’s leadership stoush.

Has Howard changed his spots yet again?

Former PM John Howard seems to have rediscovered his federalist feet.

Watch the waste from Gillard’s green bank

Never one to leave his audience wondering, Mark Latham has some harsh words for Gillard-led Labor.

Liberal rivalries fester behind closed doors

The future of the Liberal Party could be on the line at next year’s election.

Rudd on the outer with Labor, electorate

Don’t hold your breath waiting for Kevin Rudd to make a comeback.

Labor battles to reconnect with ‘its people’

The Labor Party just ain’t what it used to be.

New perspective on parlous energy plan

Planning for Australia’s future energy security needs is being mismanaged by Canberra boffins.

Iran marches in ‘twilight war’ with West

Iran and the US are fighting a tense ‘war’ where no shots have been fired. But tensions are building in a scenario that resonates with the start of World War II.

Constable silent on policing lobbyists

Liz Constable once promoted views on lobbyists different to those planned in the government’s new Bill.

Too tricky by half on lobbyists’ register

The Barnett government is paying lip service to calls for a comprehensive lobbyists’ register.

Expect to cop a visit from the carbon police

The carbon cops are about to hit the streets, so businesses need to be prepared.

Anti-reform tax will change Australia forever

When Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd kissed to celebrate the passing of the carbon tax, they betrayed all Australians.

Visionary Court set state on prosperous path

A new biography highlights the vital role played by Sir Charles Court in WA’s development.

China settles back to watch the train wreck

China has always been adept at playing the long game.

Some political pledges won’t fade away

Promises can come back to haunt politicians, especially when they’re broken.

Back to the future with focus on ‘regions’

A referendum question planned for the next federal poll could prove disastrous for Australia.

Cain steps up as contender for president

Herman Cain has fared well in straw polls and is seen as a standout to take on Barack Obama.

Coal sale highlights fresh political failure

The sale of coal assets to foreign interests is a blow for WA’s future energy needs.

Moving in the wrong direction on reform

Labor’s McKell Institute is a worthy idea, but not the only way to effect change.

Makeover more than just slicker spin

Labor’s current leadership doesn’t seem capable of reforming the party.



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.