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A bunch of dickheads

William BoweJan 29, 2004

The idea for a post on Graham Elmes, the colourful National Party candidate for the Cape York electorate of Cook, had been brewing for a while, but the

Accentuate the positive

William BoweJan 28, 2004

Liberal candidate Ray Stevens scored a free kick in his campaign for the Gold Coast seat of Gaven yesterday after a sloppy tackle from Labor incumbent

Australian independents day

William BoweJan 26, 2004

Today the Poll Bludger celebrates Australia Day with a tribute to that exemplar of the can-do spirit that made this country what it is, the independent election candidate. At the ele

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Polls that don't count: numbers three and four

William BoweJan 24, 2004

The Poll Bludger has been a little too busy to give Thursday's Queensland election Newspoll its due weight and by now there's not much left

Campaign updates

William BoweJan 23, 2004

Some of those Queensland election guide entries were showing their age so updates have now been added where necessary. Readers are invited to take a another

Highlights of day nine

William BoweJan 21, 2004

Only a token effort today unfortunately, on the day in our history when the Liberals and Nationals both decided that they too wanted in on the just-vote-one action. Cut out of prefer

Coming attractions

William BoweJan 20, 2004

Nominations for the Queensland election closed at noon today and those of you who enjoy a good read can peruse the fill list courtesy of our friends at the

Preferential treatment

William BoweJan 20, 2004

In the wake of the Beattie's promise to spend $150 million addressing land clearing yesterday, a lot of ink has been wasted over the issue of the Greens' preference allocations, a su

Unhappy families: revisited

William BoweJan 19, 2004

The Poll Bludger flatters himself to imagine that his posting from Friday on the state of the Queensland Coalition sent shockwaves through the Liberal Party and

Worm turning for Turnbull?

William BoweJan 18, 2004

For some time now the conventional wisdom has been that Malcolm Turnbull had muffed his assault on the Liberal preselection in Wentworth, the wily incumbent Peter King having thwarte