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

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

William Bowe April 13, 2017 4 Comments

Politics is a game of dominoes.

One Nation keeps WA party constitution a secret as former candidates fume

One Nation keeps WA party constitution a secret as former candidates fume

Crikey March 31, 2017 1 Comment

Crikey is aware that no member or candidate was provided with a copy of the constitution for the WA branch of One Nation upon joining the body, writes freelance journalist Tom Ravlic.

Poll Bludger: will Xenophon bring down the Weatherill government?

Poll Bludger: will Xenophon bring down the Weatherill government?

William Bowe March 31, 2017 3 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 Bowe March 27, 2017 1 Comment

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

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

Crikey March 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

Poll Bludger: Western Australian Liberals in recovery after election drubbing

William Bowe March 22, 2017 4 Comments

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

Disendorsed One Nation candidates unleash on Hanson and Ashby

Josh Taylor March 20, 2017 10 Comments

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?

Which Labor faction will control Western Australia?

Crikey March 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

The one election promise Mark McGowan should break immediately

Crikey March 14, 2017 18 Comments

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 …

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

William Bowe March 14, 2017 2 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?