Which Labor faction will control Western Australia?

Which Labor faction will control Western Australia?

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

March 14, 2017 18

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 …

March 14, 2017 2

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?

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

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

March 13, 2017 3

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

March 13, 2017 18

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

March 13, 2017 15

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

March 13, 2017 8

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

March 13, 2017 3

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

March 10, 2017 23

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

March 10, 2017 1

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