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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: the argument for fixed four-year terms for federal pollies

Poll Bludger: the argument for fixed four-year terms for federal pollies

William BoweFeb 22, 201711 Comments

It's not merely coincidence that our last remaining hold-out on the question of fixed parliamentary terms is the national Parliament.

Poll Bludger: the dangerous path of 'voter fraud'

Poll Bludger: the dangerous path of 'voter fraud'

William BoweFeb 17, 20177 Comments

A good deal of so-called "voter fraud" is actually just an excuse to disenfranchise people who would vote progressive.

Poll Bludger: Fluoride Free WA could get a look in, thanks to the return of the preference whisperer

Poll Bludger: Fluoride Free WA could get a look in, thanks to the return of the preference whisperer

William BoweFeb 16, 20175 Comments

Micro-parties in Western Australia are making the most of a complicated system to harvest preferences, and it could be enough for some of the wackiest to get up.

Poll Bludger: Barnett's One Nation deal might have just handed Labor 5 seats

Poll Bludger: Barnett's One Nation deal might have just handed Labor 5 seats

William BoweFeb 13, 20176 Comments

Colin Barnett clearly thinks he can't win the 2017 Western Australian election without One Nation. But can the Liberals win the state with such toxic bedfellows?

Poll Bludger: the electoral reality of Bernardi's 'silent majority'

Poll Bludger: the electoral reality of Bernardi's 'silent majority'

William BoweFeb 7, 20179 Comments

Cory Bernardi is no Donald Trump, and he is not going to sweep in a conservative revolution.

Poll Bludger: things are looking grim for WA Libs, but they could be worse

Poll Bludger: things are looking grim for WA Libs, but they could be worse

William BoweFeb 2, 20171 Comment

WA Premier Colin Barnett is even being consistently trounced by Labor's McGowan in preferred premier polling, which usually favours the incumbent.

Poll Bludger: the Coalition might have no choice but to embrace One Nation in WA

Poll Bludger: the Coalition might have no choice but to embrace One Nation in WA

William BoweJan 31, 20171 Comment

And it could be the beginning of the end for two-party politics.

Poll Bludger: what seats could One Nation win in Western Australia?

Poll Bludger: what seats could One Nation win in Western Australia?

William BoweJan 27, 20178 Comments

One Nation is making a concerted push ahead of the WA election in March. Could Pauline Hanson's party hold the balance of power in the upper house?

Poll Bludger: can the Liberals hang onto NSW without Teflon Mike?

Poll Bludger: can the Liberals hang onto NSW without Teflon Mike?

William BoweJan 20, 20176 Comments

Mike Baird's shock resignation raises questions about whether likely new premier Gladys Berejiklian can win the state at the next election.

Poll Bludger: why the Coalition doesn't give a toss about its Centrelink debt debacle

Poll Bludger: why the Coalition doesn't give a toss about its Centrelink debt debacle

William BoweJan 19, 20177 Comments

The highest concentrations of those on unemployment benefits tend to be in low-income areas of the big cities and remote regions with high indigenous populations. I.e. not seats the Coalition is ever likely to win.

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