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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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Five classic Aussie political coups that weren't

Five classic Aussie political coups that weren't

William BoweMar 16, 20162 Comments

After Stephen Smith's doomed gambit, Poll Bludger William Bowe looks back on some other failed leadership challenges.

Stephen Smith, back from the (political) grave to shake up WA politics

Stephen Smith, back from the (political) grave to shake up WA politics

William BoweMar 14, 20164 Comments

The former defence minister hopes to bolster the ALP's standing in WA.

Predictions for the post-election Senate: more Team Xenophon, more Sex Party

Predictions for the post-election Senate: more Team Xenophon, more Sex Party

William BoweMar 11, 201613 Comments

Ultimately, the result of a double dissolution seems likely to deliver the electorate what it ordered ...

What in the world is going on with WA Labor?

What in the world is going on with WA Labor?

William BoweMar 7, 20165 Comments

The Poll Bludger explains why four MPs have departed from Western Australia in as many weeks -- and the factional battle to replace them.

Greens' Senate deal sure pisses off Labor, but is it an own goal?

Greens' Senate deal sure pisses off Labor, but is it an own goal?

William BoweMar 4, 201616 Comments

The Greens have done a deal with the Coalition on Senate reform -- but will it blow up in their faces?

Poll Bludger: Turnbull not so much Tony, but Rudd circa 2009

Poll Bludger: Turnbull not so much Tony, but Rudd circa 2009

William BoweFeb 26, 20166 Comments

It would perhaps be going too far to say that Turnbull has squibbed the greatest moral challenge of our time, or that his good government has lost its way. But not by much.

Would the Senate reform spell the end of micro-parties?

Would the Senate reform spell the end of micro-parties?

William BoweFeb 23, 201613 Comments

Is this the end for micro-parties, preference harvesters and tablecloth ballots?

Poll Bludger: a double dissolution on the cards for July?

Poll Bludger: a double dissolution on the cards for July?

William BoweFeb 19, 201628 Comments

The whispers are intensifying that Malcolm Turnbull will call for a double dissolution election after passing Senate reform legislation.

Two shock departures leave WA Labor up preselection creek

William BoweFeb 16, 20162 Comments

The WA Labor Party thought it had its preselections sewn up, but the retirement of Melissa Parke and Alannah MacTiernan have thrown a considerable spanner in the works.

Poll Bludger: how Palmer rose, then fell, then fell some more

Poll Bludger: how Palmer rose, then fell, then fell some more

William BoweJan 20, 20169 Comments

How did Clive Palmer go from lovable upstart to a prince without subjects?