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.

Change is not always for the better

A new report has taken climate change phobia to an absurd new level.

NSW the driving force behind total recall

The NSW Liberal government is leading the way on authentic electoral reform.

Government’s done more than ‘lost its way’

Misguided policy has been at the core of Labor’s poll problems.

Chickens will come home to roost on CO2

A bit more analysis and a bit less panic would help us all when it comes to ‘climate change’.

NT reintegration good for South Australia

A lot has changed in South Australia during the past century.

‘Experts’ need to cool it with climate claims

Human life would struggle if the Earth were to undergo a prolonged cooling.

Rethink needed on Stokes’ Sino suggestion

Chinese capitalist ‘culture’ is not something we need to adopt in Australia.

Labor’s energy ‘reforms’ a slippery slope

Energy policy isn’t playing out well for federal Labor, and there could be implications for the party’s leadership.

Carbon campaign suits Wall St just fine

The money merchants are licking their chops at the prospect of an international carbon trading market.

‘Green’ policies prove a drain in Spain

A recent report suggests government support for wind and solar ‘farms’ will cost jobs.

Time to dump the rest of Rudd’s gang

The plotters against Kevin Rudd would have served Labor better by axing all in the ‘gang of four’.

Priority should go to essential services

Ensuring the security of long-term energy supply should be top priority for the state government.

Winners and big losers when CO2 tax hits

The coming carbon tax presents the Liberals with an opportunity to engage with inner-city voters.

Energy policy compromising infrastructure

The leaders of WA’s two major political parties are noticeably silent on a crucial issue of state energy security.

No end in sight for costly foreshore folly

The Perth Waterfront project is going ahead, but nailing down a completion date is hard work.

States need to take the fight to Canberra

Canberra’s bureau­cratic double-handling is costing all the states too much.

Bad policy will exact a heavy political toll

Some big political calls are to be made as we rush towards a carbon tax.

Wastrel nation may be found wanting

It’s not a bad idea to put a little away for a rainy day.

Future liquid fuels problems solvable now

Australia must find an alternative to imported oil.

Political elite clearly lacks common touch

The halls of Parliament House in Canberra are filled with political careerists.

How do republicans view independence?

If Australia is to cut constitutional ties with Britain it must be for the right reasons.

Gillard failing to make a positive impact

Things are going from bad to worse for Julia Gillard and her government.

Magic pudding a costly, flavourless meal

The government’s carbon tax proposal gets more convoluted by the day.

Bleak outlook for power provision, price

WA faces long-term energy cost increases as world oil prices continue to rise.

Small crowd warms to Evans on climate

Only a small crowd was on hand to hear an address by global warming sceptic David Evans in Perth recently.

Moore rejects environmental extremism

Disillusioned with the organisation he helped found, Patrick Moore is now a vocal opponent of much of the work done by Greenpeace.

For all Gillard’s faults at least she’s not Rudd

The PM’s recent address to the US Congress said a lot about Australia’s expectations for its relationship with China.

Power to the people ... by the people

The energy sector is not included among the federal government’s constitutional responsibilities; so why is it interfering?

Labor’s past points to a brave new world

Eric Ripper may not know it, but he has an opportunity to make a profound, long-lasting impact on the national political scene.

Is the Lib-Nats alliance on shaky ground?

Subtle moves by the Liberals may signal some insecurity about the alliance with the Brendon Grylls-led Nationals.

A soundproof room, a chair and a phone

A political insider’s view of the machinations behind the ousting of Kevin Rudd tickled State Scene’s fancy recently.



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.