AIPA open letter published in Gazeta Wyborcza

On 3 January 2021, Gazeta Wyborcza published the letter of support from AIPA for Mr. Miroslaw Chojecki, an important opposition activist in communist Poland, after the Institute of Polish Remembrance (IPN) rejected the proposal to acknowledge his 'opposition activist' status.

The link to the publication is here: Link to

Vale Mrs Barbara Williams

The Australian Institute of Polish Affairs is saddened to inform of the passing of Barbara Williams. Barbara has been a long-standing and active member of the AIPA. She and her late husband John were instrumental in facilitating access of AIPA to the Armagh facilities in Toorak, where most of our important functions have been held.

Our thoughts go out to Barbara's family. We're most grateful for all she has done for our organisation. She will be missed by many.

The Executive Committee of AIPA conveys its condolences to the family of Barbara Williams.

Counter-Elites and Populism in Poland, a lecture by Dr. Stanley Bill

Dear AIPA supporters,

The Australian Institute of Polish Affairs (AIPA) is pleased to invite to a lecture titled: Counter-Elites and Populism in Poland, by Dr Stanley Bill, the Director of Polish Studies Programme at the University of Cambridge.

Thursday, 22 October at 7.15pm

On-line (the zoom link will be sent before the lecture)

Register at Eventbrite.

This presentation will look at the idea of the "counter-elite" in the discourse and political practice of Poland's current ruling coalition, paying particular attention to the sphere of civil society. The populism of Law and Justice (PiS) is not hostile to elites per se, but posits a Manichaean conflict between the "wrong" elite and "the nation" — represented, in turn, by the "true" (counter-)elite. Accordingly, the party's ambitious programme of change demands the replacement of the old "establishment elite" and the institution of what leader Jarosław Kaczyński calls a "new social hierarchy".

I hope to see you there.

Dr Gosia Klatt


Australian Institute of Polish Affairs

Dr Tomasz Woźniak interview on SBS

Dear AIPA members and friends,

I would like to draw your attention to the second part of the interview for the SBS radio (Polish section) with Dr Tomasz Woźniak (AIPA member). This time the focus of the conversation is on Australia’s trade with China:

SBS interview available here.

AIPA's YouTube Channel

Dear AIPA members and friends,

I have a great pleasure to share with you great news. AIPA has entered into a new digital era by creating its own YouTube channel.

It is an exciting step in forging our presence in the social media space.

AIPA Youtube channel is here.

We have published two video recordings reflecting on Australia’s handling of the coronavirus in two aspects: education and economy. Both are directed towards the Polish audience, and both are recorded in Polish. Big thanks to Tomasz Woźniak for his excellent presentation. 

Tomasz’s presentation titled: Polityka ekonomiczna wobec koronawirusa w Australii, is here:

You can also watch my video on education here:

I am looking forward to publishing more presentations soon. I encourage you to subscribe to our channel so you can be alerted when a new video is published.

Please, advertise our new channel among your Polish contacts.

I hope you are all well and safe.

Best Regards


Dr Gosia Klatt


Australian Institute of Polish Affairs