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

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

Emily Watkins March 13, 2017 3 Comments

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

Guy Rundle March 13, 2017 18 Comments

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

Ditch a One Nation deal now, Malcolm

Bernard Keane March 13, 2017 15 Comments

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

Poll Bludger: making sense of the WA election result

William Bowe March 13, 2017 8 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.

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

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

Crikey March 13, 2017 3 Comments

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

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

Guy Rundle March 10, 2017 23 Comments

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

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

William Bowe March 10, 2017 1 Comment

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

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

Charlie Lewis March 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.

One Nation micromanages candidate accounts, on the hunt for dissidents and suppressive persons

One Nation micromanages candidate accounts, on the hunt for dissidents and suppressive persons

Crikey March 9, 2017 3 Comments

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

What happened when Guy Rundle scored an interview with Pauline Hanson

Guy Rundle March 9, 2017 64 Comments

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