It’s two months now since The Poll Bludger achieved full independence – or to put it another way, stopped getting a regular pay cheque. But thanks to the generosity of its readers, the blog is well placed to survive and prosper through what looks like being a fascinating time ahead for Australian electoral politics. This is the first of what will be many end-of-month reminders of how very gratefully contributions are received, and how easy it is to do through the PressPatron button at the top of the page, or the “become a supporter” button at the bottom of each post. Some of you may have encountered technical difficulties with this at the time the new blog was launched, but you should find that these have been resolved. If you’re having trouble of any kind, drop me an email at pollbludger-AT-bigpond-DOT-com. And a very happy new year to you all.