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.

First budget cuts should be leaders’ staffers

Ministers should stop kowtowing to power-hungry premiers and prime ministers.

‘Oikophobes’ push schools down PC path

There’s a mountain to climb if political correctness is to be overcome.

Indian forces struggle with Naxalite push

Little reported in the Western press, an insurgency in India may threaten that country’s growth plans.

Warning to pensioners: get the blankets out

WA needs a plentiful supply of affordable coal-derived liquid fuels to secure its future energy requirements.

I’ll take good old-fashioned research any day

Very little of what’s been released by WikiLeaks is ground-breaking, so what’s all the fuss about?

Labor needs Ripper’s political experience

If Eric Ripper were to be replaced as Labor leader, would he stick around in parliament?

Clark a ‘dismal scientist’ ahead of his time

Warnings on the negative effects of ever-increasing taxation have been ignored by our nation’s politicians.

Time to remember the ‘first Australians’

Before moving to recognise Aborigines in Australia’s Constitution it’s important to prove who the ‘first Australians’ were.

Students cop another hit to the hip pocket

Labor and the Greens have moved quickly to impose an ideological agenda on universities.

Greens lining up for an election hat-trick

The Victorian Liberals’ decision to preference Labor ahead of the Greens could have a major bearing on this Saturday’s election.

Secrets stay hidden in Aussie spy drama

A recent ABC docudrama does little to uncover the truth behind one of the most secretive periods in Australia’s post-WWII history.

Secrets stay hidden in Aussie spy drama

A recent ABC docudrama does little to uncover the truth behind one of the most secretive periods in Australia’s post-WWII history.

Howard PM failed to fight the Greens

How ironic John Howard’s book is titled Lazarus Rising, when it was the former PM who brought the Liberal Party to its knees.

Barnett has an each-way bet on lobbyists

The state government has failed to honour a key election promise made in 2008.

Labor will keep losing votes from the left

The growing influence of the Greens must be sending shivers through Labor ranks.

Bomber fails to fuel pollies’ imaginations

Inaction on fuel self-sufficiency poses a threat to our way of life, and sustenance.

Bilderberg lecture cool on climate panic

A recent meeting of the world’s elite figures heard an interesting pitch on climate change.

Powering down a path laid by Howard

The push for renewable energy could put nuclear power back in the frame.

Next stop for the taxpayer gravy train: carbon

The origins of modern day supporters of global warming can be traced back to the end of the Cold War.

Taxing times may lead to Labor blackout

The more things change, the more they remain the same for the federal government.

Freedom of speech calls out from China

Despite the publication of a number of democratic articles, China’s liberty still faces an uphill battle.

Labor under attack from rampant Greens

Federal Labor needs to rethink its approach if it is to survive beyond the next decade or two.

At least Rudd was right on a bigger Australia

It was Kevin Rudd’s leadership style as much as anything else that made his removal as PM inevitable.

‘Hung parliament’ a desirable outcome

The uncertainty immediately following last Saturday’s election is cause for celebration ... and concern.

Time of reckoning looms for Canberra elite

Whichever party loses the August 21 poll, one thing is certain – there’s going to be retribution from within.

Expect costs to blow-out on the waterfront

State governments of both political persuasions have a poor record when it comes to costing major projects, and the Perth Waterfront looks like following the trend.

Overruns a sign of poor management

Cost blow-outs take the shine off some worthy public projects, and undermine the validity of others.

Rudd’s on track for the job of a lifetime

Kevin Rudd’s overtures to the UN since he was deposed as PM come as no surprise.

Failed leaders find a home on front bench

The reasons for the fall of Kevin Rudd are remarkably similar to those behind the demise of Malcolm Turnbull.

Lobbyists’ secret business out in the open

Politicians’ failure to adequately deal with the issue of lobbyists is a blight on the system.

Miners’ influence vital in Rudd’s demise

As the overthrow of Kevin Rudd shows, modern politics is all about winning, and then consolidating, power.



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.