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Budget lockdown

William BoweMay 13, 2004

Readers will hardly need the Poll Bludger to inform them that the spending bonanza in Tuesday night's budget has had pretty much everyone convinced that the federal election will be

Phoney war dispatches: episode three

William BoweMay 9, 2004

Welcome to the Poll Bludger's Mothers' Day Edition of Phoney War Dispatches. • Tuesday's Newspoll had the Coalition and Labor

Phoney war dispatches: episode two

William BoweMay 2, 2004

Despite an eventful week in federal politics, things were somewhat quieter on the electoral front. • ACNielsen turned in a near replica of last week's

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Half-time report

William BoweMay 1, 2004

Results from the Tasmanian upper house elections are in line with the expectations outlined below, although Steve Mav has done better th

Belated Apsley and Elwick preview

William BoweMay 1, 2004

The Poll Bludger apologises for his failure to come good on his promised preview of today's Tasmanian Legislative Council elections in a more timely manner, as the good citizens of A

Dispatches from the phony war: episode one

William BoweApr 25, 2004

Today the Poll Bludger commemorates Anzac Day with the first in what will be a regular series drawing together the major events of the preceding week as momentum builds towards the c

Makin whoopee

William BoweApr 23, 2004

Opinion poll watchers are currently trying to work out how Newspoll was able to conclude this week that although Labor's 4 per cent primary

Council of the wise

William BoweApr 12, 2004

The best way to explain the Tasmanian parliamentary system to newcomers is to say that it's like the federal parliament, only the other way round - single-member districts in the upp

Wisdom of Solomon (and Lingiari)

William BoweApr 6, 2004

After 13 months spent living in terror at the prospect of reduced federal parliamentary representation, Northern Territorians can again breathe easy. Last Thursday parliament legisla

More on the Brissiemander

William BoweMar 31, 2004

What a fascinating post-election wash-up they are having up Brisbane way, with the Couri

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