Topic archives: 2017 WA election

One Nation’s magically backdated invoice raises serious governance questions

August 1, 2017 4

Sandy Baraiolo wrote to the party of her concern about PHON’s provision of receipts that did not, in her view, align with her banking records, writes freelance journalist Tom Ravlic.

Poll Bludger: One Nation legal woes spell electoral trouble for LNP

May 1, 2017 4

The prospect of a One Nation crossbench delivering power to the LNP in Queensland is rapidly diminishing.

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

April 13, 2017 4

Politics is a game of dominoes.

Where have all Mark McGowan’s promises gone?

April 7, 2017

Visitors to are greeted by an interesting message ...

Former One Nation heavyweights call for inquiry in wake of Four Corners report

April 4, 2017 13

There is a renewed call for a formal investigation into Hanson’s political movement, writes freelance journalist Tom Ravlic.

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

March 31, 2017 1

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.

One Nation divided over WA election backroom dealing

March 21, 2017

Hurricane Hanson swept through the west ahead of the recent WA election, and it looks like the winds of conflict won't die down any time soon, writes freelance journalist Tom Ravlic.

With extreme two-party swings getting worse, has our electoral system become too unstable?

March 17, 2017 10

Time to ask questions about the ongoing suitability of Australia's prevailing electoral and constitutional arrangements.

How the mining industry parasites helped destroy good energy policy

March 15, 2017 44

We're abandoning good policymaking in Australia and parasites like the mining industry are to blame.

Privatisation drives up prices and creates dodgy business practices, so why do governments persist?

March 15, 2017 17

There are four main reasons, writes fellow at the Centre for Policy Development Ian McAuley.

Do federal matters really impact state elections?

March 14, 2017 1

Depends whose side you're on.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.