And they’re off

A bleary-eyed and hungover Poll Bludger awoke mid-afternoon to face the big news, that October 9 will indeed be the big day. The Senate however will sit as scheduled on Monday and Tuesday, the Prime Minister saying he "didn’t want anybody to suggest that I was trying to prevent the Senate doing any pointless political business that it might want to do". Time now to take a Tylenol and a step back – individual seat predictions and a survey of the battlefield will be added later this evening, or maybe tomorrow (more likely tomorrow).

Author: William Bowe

William Bowe is a Perth-based election analyst and occasional teacher of political science. His blog, The Poll Bludger, has existed in one form or another since 2004, and is one of the most heavily trafficked websites on Australian politics.