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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: who is Australia's most popular crossbencher?

Poll Bludger: who is Australia's most popular crossbencher?

William BoweApr 24, 20176 Comments

Hinch? Lambie? It couldn't be Bernardi, could it ...?

Poll Bludger: 457 visa changes are naked populism

Poll Bludger: 457 visa changes are naked populism

William BoweApr 20, 20173 Comments

Immigration has continued to gain salience as an election issue over the last few terms, even as the sting went out of the boat arrivals issue, and Turnbull knows it.

Poll Bludger: WA Libs' downfall could eventually topple federal MPs

Poll Bludger: WA Libs' downfall could eventually topple federal MPs

William BoweApr 13, 20174 Comments

Politics is a game of dominoes.

Poll Bludger: NSW voters vent frustrations with Turnbull at state byelections

Poll Bludger: NSW voters vent frustrations with Turnbull at state byelections

William BoweApr 10, 20171 Comment

Fresh from their drubbing in Western Australia, the Liberals in New South Wales copped primary vote swings that will have the Premier shaking in her boots.

Poll Bludger: will Xenophon bring down the Weatherill government?

Poll Bludger: will Xenophon bring down the Weatherill government?

William BoweMar 31, 20173 Comments

Frances Bedford has resigned from the Labor Party. Should she decide to form an alliance with the Nick Xenophon Team, that will very bad news indeed for South Australian Labor.

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, 20171 Comment

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.

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