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William Bowe — Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe

Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe is a Perth-based election analyst and occasional teacher of political science. His blog, The Poll Bludger, is one of the most heavily trafficked forums for online discussion of Australian politics, and joined the Crikey stable in 2008.

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Poll Bludger: Day’s High Court challenge to Senate voting reform hampered by history

Poll Bludger: Day’s High Court challenge to Senate voting reform hampered by history

William BoweMay 2, 201610 Comments

For the court to decide in Senator Bob Day's favour, the full bench may have to reject the reasoning of a former chief justice.

Poll Bludger: subs take election threat to the NXT level

Poll Bludger: subs take election threat to the NXT level

William BoweApr 27, 20167 Comments

Why is the government suddenly committing to submarines to be built in South Australia?

Poll Bludger: has Palaszczuk already secured a second term?

Poll Bludger: has Palaszczuk already secured a second term?

William BoweApr 22, 20167 Comments

Annastacia Palaszczuk might've won the next Queensland election already thanks to a nifty piece of electoral reform.

Poll Bludger: many great political careers began with a preselection knifing

William BoweApr 18, 201666 Comments

Yes, Bronwyn Bishop was unceremoniously dumped by Mackellar preselectors, but this is hardly the first time preselection has turned into a blood sport.

Poll Bludger: final screw-you to Labor is complete Bullock

Poll Bludger: final screw-you to Labor is complete Bullock

William BoweApr 13, 20166 Comments

There are constitutional questions about whether Pat Dodson can be appointed as a Labor senator, given the WA Parliament is adjourned. And that could leave Labor one short.

Poll Bludger: religious right comes up trumps in Lib preselection battles

Poll Bludger: religious right comes up trumps in Lib preselection battles

William BoweApr 11, 201614 Comments

The Abetzes -- Eric and Peter -- are throwing their weight around. Plus: what on earth is going on in Queensland?

Not all quiet on the Western front: why WA should be giving Mal nightmares

Not all quiet on the Western front: why WA should be giving Mal nightmares

William BoweApr 1, 20165 Comments

Yes, there have been a lot of high-profile retirements from WA Labor recently. But the Liberals have significant cause for worry in the west.

Poll Bludger: on the constitutional arcana wily Mal used to recall Parliament

Poll Bludger: on the constitutional arcana wily Mal used to recall Parliament

William BoweMar 22, 20168 Comments

Malcolm Turnbull's decision to recall Parliament is not without precedent.

Can Shorten pull it off on July 2? Not if Queensland is any guide

Can Shorten pull it off on July 2? Not if Queensland is any guide

William BoweMar 21, 20163 Comments

If the Queensland election is a preview of the federal election, Labor should be quaking in its boots.

Poll Bludger: on Stephen Smith’s bizarre 'comeback' coup

Poll Bludger: on Stephen Smith’s bizarre 'comeback' coup

William BoweMar 16, 20161 Comment

Former defence minister Stephen Smith tried to execute a very surprising, very brief coup to gain the leadership of WA Labor. He failed.