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Articles by William Bowe

Poll Bludger: Obama-Xi deal spoilt Abbott’s hoped-for G20 bounce

The Abbott government’s woeful polling numbers might not rebound in any significant way for quite some time.

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Poll Bludger: why Greens win federally, but struggle in Vic

The Greens are polling well in the lead up to the Victorian state election, but the party has always struggled to turn strong polling into lower house seats.

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Poll Bludger: panicked pollies scramble for seats as electoral lines shift

The AEC’s decision to cut the number of House of Representative seats has started an uneasy game of musical chairs.

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Poll Bludger: Aussie public takes Left turn as US voters polarise

American voters have been pulling steadily away from the centre over the past ten years, but Australia has moved solidly Left.

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Poll Bludger: federal budget still haunts Vic Libs’ election campaign

With less than a month before the Victorian state election, polls indicate the state government’s popularity is still suffering from Hockey’s ill-received budget.

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Poll Bludger: redistribution of seats a game changer in Vic election

Since the 2010 election, the shape of Victoria’s electorates has changed dramatically — once-safe Labor seats are now notionally Liberal, and vice versa.

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Poll Bludger: in the US midterms, can Obama do a Clinton?

With the Republicans set to retain control of Congress after Tuesday’s US midterm elections, the Democrats will be hoping Obama can channel Bill Clinton, the only second-term president to retain a strong showing for his party in the Senate.

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Poll Bludger: Fairfax’s Labor landslide too good to be true, but Liberals still on shaky ground

Fairfax’s new pollster might result in better headlines, but a closer look reveals the truth.

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Poll Bludger: McKay forced to accept a parachute as byelections spell trouble for Labor

Even after ICAC revelations tarnish Liberals, NSW Labor still struggles to win public support in weekend byelection.

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Poll Bludger: voters spoilt for choice in NSW byelections

Looming byelections in the NSW seats of Newcastle and Charlestown will be an all-in (except for the Libs, of course) multi-party splash.

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Poll Bludger: would a modern-day Gough solve voters’ malaise?

Australia needs a practically minded leader with a sensitivity to bread-and-butter issues — if only our parties had the ingenuity to produce them.

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Nats v Libs in battle for the chair-sniffer’s seat

The Labor Party is uncompetitive in the south-western WA seat of Vasse, but the Nationals and Liberals are giving it all they’ve got.

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Poll Bludger: Abbott’s ‘shirt-fronting’ machismo pleases men and women

Tony Abbott’s personal approval ratings have been enjoying a boost ever since international conflicts distracted from domestic issues. Interestingly, both men and women have bought the tough-guy shtick.

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Poll Bludger: SA byelection will define balance of power

The unfortunate death of South Australian state independent Bob Such has triggered a byelection in the seat of Fisher. This presents a make-or-break opportunity for the SA Liberals.

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Poll Bludger: Campbell Newman dead weight for Abbott govt

Tony Abbott has managed to reduce the size of swings against his party in some key seats but, in Queensland, Campbell Newman’s unpopularity continues to hurt the federal Coalition.

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Poll Bludger: Faulkner dares to take on the unions

Senator John Faulkner’s call for reform of the Labor Party does not shy away from the party’s largest ally — trade unions.

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Poll Bludger: Abbott, for your own sake, don’t feed the micro-parties

Proposed changes to the preferential voting system could just create an even bigger, even less manageable Senate crossbench for the Abbott government.

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Poll Bludger: voters tire of PUP’s political circus

After a brief honeymoon period, the Palmer United Party has suffered a steady decline in its polling results since July. To recover lost ground, Clive will need one hell of an ad blitz in the lead up to Queensland’s 2015 election.

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Poll Bludger: doctors, nurses and teachers look set to turf Newman out

In his own seat of Ashgrove, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman’s primary vote is in the doldrums. Will the LNP lose its leader at the next election?

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Poll Bludger: did electoral fraud help McGowan win Indi?

The Australian Electoral Commission is investigating whether supporters of Independent MP Cathy McGowan used unscrupulous “enrolment transfers” to inflate her votes.

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Poll Bludger: Coalition hopes we’ll keep mentioning the war

Voters are responding favourably to tough talk on Iraq and Australia’s foreign policy agenda. But sooner or later those pesky domestic issues will come back …

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Poll Bludger: sorry, teens, no one wants to let you vote

Would lowering the voting age and installing indigenous-only Senate seats re-engage people disillusioned with Australia’s political process? Perhaps, but a conservative government would never allow it.

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Key likely to hold on, but it hasn’t been an easy road

New Zealand goes to the polls tomorrow, and it is likely to return the Key government. But there are some wildcards.

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Poll Bludger: war is good business for the Greens

As Labor falls in line with the Coalition on Iraq, the Greens pick up support among doves.

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Scotland could have got away if it weren’t for those meddling kids

The “no” vote for Scottish independence leads by a whisker — and non-traditional voters (i.e. teenagers) are not turning out to be the republicans the “yes” camp had hoped.

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