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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: 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.

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.

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