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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: 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.

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.