Jan 16, 2018

Poll Bludger: a bumper year ahead for elections

With state elections in Tasmania, South Australia and Victoria, 2018 is shaping up to be a wild ride for poll watchers.

William Bowe — Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe

Editor of The Poll Bludger

With a brace of state elections on the horizon, and a long way left to run for the Section 44 saga, Australia faces a busy electoral calendar in the year ahead, with a number of pitfalls looming for Prime Minister and Opposition Leader alike.

Two state elections are in store for March -- in South Australia on March 17, and Tasmania either on the same date or a fortnight earlier -- followed by a Victorian election on November 24, which is already exerting an outsized influence on the calculations of certain figures in the federal government.

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One thought on “Poll Bludger: a bumper year ahead for elections

  1. Justin Harding

    I believe Andrews will be returned. He’s exceeded expectations despite being written off as a faceless hack in 2014, and he’s sufficiently pragmatic to make an Alliance with The Greens work, if needs be. Weatherill wasn’t supposed to win last time, but a long-standing problem with The Tory vote being locked up in too many ultra-safe House of Assembly seats has cruelled their chances more than twice. As for the Xenophon factor, let’s see how his numbers hold up when the phony war gets real. He’s also had troubles with crappy candidate vetting, and that can blow up in your face big time. In Tassie Hodgman has been reduced to using push-polling to inflate the Liberals’ numbers, and has already backed-off on a 3 March election after leaking it to pretty much everyone a week or so back. Not a brilliant look. Not a brilliant premier for that matter.

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