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William Bowe

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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Section 44: what you need to know (and the Nats should have)

Section 44: what you need to know (and the Nats should have)

William BoweAug 18, 201713 Comments

With six parliamentarians now referred to the High Court, and the PM overly optimistic about his MPs' chances, we run you through what you need to know about the more high-profile dual citizenship debacles.

How the postal plebiscite might skew the vote

How the postal plebiscite might skew the vote

William BoweAug 11, 2017

Conducting the plebiscite through the ABS as a postal vote has a number of worrying consequences. Aside from the challenge to its legality, it may skew the vote in favour of older, more conservative voters, and even, potentially, make voter fraud more likely.

Poll Bludger: is Dan Andrews hurting Shorten's chances of winning the next election?

Poll Bludger: is Dan Andrews hurting Shorten's chances of winning the next election?

William BoweAug 3, 20179 Comments

A great convergence has been under way in the four largest states, eliminating a pattern through the last three elections in which Victoria reigned as Labor's strongest state.

Poll Bludger: are the Greens cooked?

Poll Bludger: are the Greens cooked?

William BoweJul 24, 201715 Comments

The Greens can be confident they have their seats in Victoria and Tasmania locked down for years to come. But every other state is a crapshoot from here.

Poll Bludger: section 44 is a sticky wicket in need of reform

Poll Bludger: section 44 is a sticky wicket in need of reform

William BoweJul 19, 20179 Comments

Another one bites the dust Unfairly, as it turns out.

Poll Bludger: who will replace Scott Ludlam?

Poll Bludger: who will replace Scott Ludlam?

William BoweJul 17, 201711 Comments

A hitherto obscure and low-order candidate has been thrust into the spotlight: Jordon Steele-John, a 22-year-old disability advocate with cerebral palsy.

Judgement Day: how Mathias Cormann's power is growing in WA

Judgement Day: how Mathias Cormann's power is growing in WA

William BoweJul 14, 20175 Comments

The odds-on favourite to replace retiring senator Chris Back is Slade Brockman, who used to work for Mathias Cormann.

New poll puts the Coalition within margin of error, but is it reliable?

New poll puts the Coalition within margin of error, but is it reliable?

William BoweJul 3, 20173 Comments

A new poll has delivered some much-needed good news for the Turnbull government -- but the Prime Minister shouldn't take it to the bank just yet.

Poll Bludger: census results deliver electoral omen of doom for Turnbull

Poll Bludger: census results deliver electoral omen of doom for Turnbull

William BoweJun 28, 20173 Comments

The census figures highlight a number of worrying demographic trends for the Coalition.

Poll Bludger: voters return in droves to the One Nation bandwagon

Poll Bludger: voters return in droves to the One Nation bandwagon

William BoweJun 19, 20177 Comments

After all the controversy of the past couple of months, there has been a curious resurgence in support for Pauline Hanson's One Nation.