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.

Rudd’s shadow hangs over Labor

Julia Gillard has plenty of work to do to ensure victory at the next federal election.

RSPT the thin edge of the wedge

Some possible applications of a RSPT-style regime could have far-reaching effects for the economy.

Rudd stares into the political abyss

Kevin Rudd’s working hard to do himself out of a job.

Liberal leadership moves on

Few will mourn Malcolm Fraser’s resignation from the Liberal Party.

Talk about de-incentivisation

Historically, a super profits tax would have stopped WA’s progress before it started.

Clarity missing in mine tax stoush

Debate about rates is masking a thorough understanding of the extraordinary mining tax mechanism.

Boffins bank on control in China

The proposed super profits tax relies on continuing growth in China.

Abbott has just one shot at the title

This year’s federal poll could well determine the future of the Liberal Party.

Super profits tax a retrograde step

The proposed resources tax has an echo of past policy failures.

Resisting Canberra’s centralist push

A new political party will put WA interests ahead of Canberra’s agenda.

Fighting off a shift to the centre

Kevin Rudd’s hospital plan has all the hallmarks of 1920s Labor policy.

Turnbull bows out unfulfilled

Malcolm Turnbull has alwys had an obstinate streak.

Rio, government fail Stern Hu

The Stern Hu trial shows who holds the whip hand.

Policy paucity no laughing matter

The state of political debate in Australia is no joke.

Uphill battle as Libs’ base goes left

The Liberals have lost a traditional ally in the suburbs of Australia.

Peak Oil presents an opportunity

Ample supplies of low-grade black and brown coal could provide a solution to oil shock.

Greater imposition a fait accompli

Little separates the major parties when it comes to the centralisation of power.

Mismanagement writ large: Part II

The Liberals’ centralist urges should be of concern to the true believers.

Mismanagement writ large: Part I

Wanton waste and excess are all-too common among our politican overlords.

Power in China a family affair

A few well-connected individuals hold all the cards in China’s economic and political spheres.

Foreign aid fails to hit the target

Foreign aid is clearly no panacea for developing nations.

Little left of the Labor we knew

Modern Labor bears little resemblance to the party founded more than 100 years ago.

Political climate still hot for Libs

Climate politics helped grow the seeds for the Liberals’ near collapse.

Questions over climate measuring

Revealing emails set to shift the climate change debate.

Sleepwalking through government

The Barnett government is running out of time to make a mark.

Climate clarity at a glacial pace

Political expediency rules the climate debate.

Old-school Labor had it right

The Labour Party has shifted a long way from its traditional base

Hair’s breadth away from disaster

The delay of an ETS is good news for Australia.

‘Forgotten people’ a threat to Libs

Liberal Party research points to a declining support base.

Turnbull has two bob each way

The Liberal leadership is creating a deep divide in the party.

Murdoch still making his mark

Surely Rupert Murdoch is Australia’s most influencial person ever.



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.