March, 2017

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

, Mar 27, 2017

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

How One Nation disendorsed WA candidates who didn’t strictly toe the party line

, Mar 24, 2017

Transcripts of One Nation's letters and emails to candidates reveal the party's strange, authoritarian inner workings.

Poll Bludger: Western Australian Liberals in recovery after election drubbing

, Mar 22, 2017

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

Disendorsed One Nation candidates unleash on Hanson and Ashby

, Mar 20, 2017

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Two WA candidates disendorsed by Pauline Hanson and James Ashby for criticising the Liberal preferencing deal have slammed the party as fallout continues.

Which Labor faction will control Western Australia?

, Mar 14, 2017

After years of factional fighting, will the Right or the Left control the majority of the cabinet in the new McGowan government? Labor insider Ben Chiefly asks the question.

The one election promise Mark McGowan should break immediately

, Mar 14, 2017

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Mark McGowan should quickly move to increase royalties on the mining companies, writes former head of Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet John Menadue.

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

, Mar 14, 2017

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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?
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Even Turnbull haters agree, WA election was Barnett’s loss

, Mar 13, 2017

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The Australian begged Sandgropers to give Colin Barnett another chance, and Andrew Bolt thinks Malcolm Turnbull didn't do enough to save him. But pretty much everyone agrees, WA was just sick of the damn Liberals.

Rundle: jumpin’ around with One Nation and the micros at the election after-party

, Mar 13, 2017

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The sweaty crush around La Hanson, dozens of bodies in orange "One Nation" T-shirts ... Welcome to the Micro-Parties Party.

Ditch a One Nation deal now, Malcolm

, Mar 13, 2017

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The WA election campaign illustrates the problem of linking yourself to Pauline Hanson -- she'll suck the oxygen out of your ability to deliver a message.

Poll Bludger: making sense of the WA election result

, Mar 13, 2017

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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.

WA voters repel the tide of Trump-mania, but Geert Wilders will be the real test

, Mar 13, 2017

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If opinion polls are a guide, Geert Wilders’ hard-right party could come first or second in the Dutch election, writes freelance journalist Alan Austin.

Rundle: no matter who wins in WA, the west is lost

, Mar 10, 2017

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We are all aware that we have not stored away for the lean years, and the fat years come to an end, particularly in Western Australia. And neither party is going to be able to undo years of bad management and bring them back.

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

, Mar 10, 2017

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

WA’s major parties sidestep commitments to funding legal services for domestic violence victims

, Mar 10, 2017

Legal services assisting victims of domestic violence are looking down the barrel of a 30% funding cut from the federal government, and Western Australia's two major parties have yet to adequately address the issue.
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One Nation micromanages candidate accounts, on the hunt for dissidents and suppressive persons

, Mar 09, 2017

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Pauline Hanson's One Nation demands an extraordinary level of control over its candidates, including kicking candidates off their own Facebook pages and demands that they cull their followers lists to approved people only, writes freelance journalist Tom Ravlic.

What happened when Guy Rundle scored an interview with Pauline Hanson

, Mar 09, 2017

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The goodwill didn't last long, though. Perhaps they googled "Guy Rundle -- communist" or something, and realised the truth.

Rundle: inside the One Nation campaign on the ground in WA

, Mar 07, 2017

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The story of One Nation is the only story that matters out of the 2017 Western Australian election.

Poll Bludger: is Pauline Hanson becoming electoral poison?

, Mar 06, 2017

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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?

, Mar 03, 2017

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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.