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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.

Essential: state governments all lead but Xenophon's on the march

Essential: state governments all lead but Xenophon's on the march

Bernard KeaneApr 4, 20164 Comments

State governments in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia all lead their oppositions in the latest state polling figures from Essential Report.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

If you can't be with the govt you love, love the one you're with

If you can't be with the govt you love, love the one you're with

Myriam RobinJan 13, 20167 Comments

Most voters seem pretty content with their current state leaders, according to Essential.

Poll Bludger: WA Libs out of money, out of votes

Poll Bludger: WA Libs out of money, out of votes

William BoweJan 12, 20161 Comment

Labor has opened up a convincing lead in Western Australia's polling.

Poll Bludger: unions clash over Labor preselection in WA

Poll Bludger: unions clash over Labor preselection in WA

William BoweNov 6, 20156 Comments

The factional landscape inside Labor’s WA branch has been disturbed in recent years, and things are now coming to a head.