Seat of the week: Labor likely to hold on to Canberra

Seat of the week: Labor likely to hold on to Canberra

June 24, 2013

Labor lost its grip on the electorate covering the south of the national capital amid the wreckage of the Whitlam and Keating governments, but few people suggest it will go that way again this year, writes William Bowe.

State polls with ‘federal implications’? Time to kill the myth

State polls with ‘federal implications’? Time to kill the myth

March 11, 2013 23

The idea that there are "federal implications" of state elections doesn't hold up under examination. But that doesn't mean the Gillard government will hold on in this year's federal election.

And then there were none: ACT Lib moderate faces the chop

And then there were none: ACT Lib moderate faces the chop

February 5, 2013 2

Local ACT Liberal leader Zed Seselja has launched a raid on the seat of sitting Senator Gary Humphries, pitching conservative against moderate and annoying some at the federal level.

Poll Bludger’s Seat of the Week: Oxley, Pauline Hanson’s old turf

Poll Bludger’s Seat of the Week: Oxley, Pauline Hanson’s old turf

November 24, 2012

Despite unfavourable redistributions and a statewide swing in 2010, Bill Hayden’s old seat has returned to safe Labor hands since the famous interruption of Pauline Hanson. It is William Bowe's seat of the week.

Swing to women in ACT election shines a dim light in the tunnel of equality

Swing to women in ACT election shines a dim light in the tunnel of equality

November 21, 2012

The recent ACT election saw an unexpected swing towards women, though the overall number of women in the Legislative Assembly is declining, writes Glen Fuller.

Coming to terms with Canberra: what kind of city is it, and why?

November 12, 2012

The paper, the poll and the almighty ACT stuff-up

The paper, the poll and the almighty ACT stuff-up

October 31, 2012 10

Ahead of the ACT election, The Canberra Times called it as an easy Labor victory based on its "exclusive poll". The poll was way out. So what went wrong?

Wilkie tires of waiting on whistleblower laws

October 30, 2012 24

Andrew Wilkie's move to introduce a whistleblowing bill prompted some action from a government hitherto content to ignore the issue -- but legislative action may fall off the "to do" list again.

Some comfort for Labor, Greens in big polling weekend

October 29, 2012 7

Election results in Sydney, Melbourne and the ACT point to moderately good news for Labor -- and the Greens will take some comfort from their inner-city results. Is the anti-incumbency vibe waning?

Bad blood sees Labor well-placed to win the ACT

October 23, 2012 4

The ACT has voted and political types are biting their nails as counting continues -- but a Labor-Green government is the most likely outcome, due to fractious relations between Greens and Liberals.