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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: in spite of itself, One Nation holds sway in WA's upper house

Poll Bludger: in spite of itself, One Nation holds sway in WA's upper house

William BoweMar 27, 2017

After a shambolic campaign, One Nation still holds considerable influence in the WA house of review.

Poll Bludger: Western Australian Liberals in recovery after election drubbing

Poll Bludger: Western Australian Liberals in recovery after election drubbing

William BoweMar 22, 20174 Comments

The party's 22 elected members now face an uphill battle to stage an electoral comeback.

With extreme two-party swings getting worse, has our electoral system become too unstable?

With extreme two-party swings getting worse, has our electoral system become too unstable?

William BoweMar 17, 201710 Comments

Time to ask questions about the ongoing suitability of Australia's prevailing electoral and constitutional arrangements.

Poll Bludger: good news for One Nation, bad news for WA Labor, unless ...

Poll Bludger: good news for One Nation, bad news for WA Labor, unless ...

William BoweMar 14, 20172 Comments

Will Mark McGowan's young WA state Labor government be able to introduce the reforms necessary to purge the upper house of wacky micro-parties?

Poll Bludger: making sense of the WA election result

Poll Bludger: making sense of the WA election result

William BoweMar 13, 20178 Comments

In evaluating the spin, counter-spin and self-serving justification that inevitably runs rampant after a lopsided election result, it's worth evaluating the journey the polls took.

Poll Bludger: WA election is tomorrow, and Barnett still hasn't started campaigning

Poll Bludger: WA election is tomorrow, and Barnett still hasn't started campaigning

William BoweMar 10, 20171 Comment

The Liberal Premier has offered nothing much more than low-impact campaign announcements involving Aboriginal rock art, aquaculture and localised tourism commitments.

Poll Bludger: is Pauline Hanson becoming electoral poison?

Poll Bludger: is Pauline Hanson becoming electoral poison?

William BoweMar 6, 201710 Comments

Colin Barnett hoped a deal with One Nation would save the Western Australian Liberals, but it could be the nail in the party's coffin.

Poll Bludger: the party with the cojones to take on the mining fat cats is ... the Nationals?

Poll Bludger: the party with the cojones to take on the mining fat cats is ... the Nationals?

William BoweMar 3, 20173 Comments

The rent-seeking minerals peak body is campaigning hard against the one party that dares to suggest charging the mining companies more for carting away Western Australia's material wealth.

Poll Bludger: is One Nation going to take over the Qld govt?

Poll Bludger: is One Nation going to take over the Qld govt?

William BoweFeb 27, 20175 Comments

Several interesting political developments have converged on Queensland to create the perfect storm ahead of the next state election.

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, 201713 Comments

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

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