South Australian election guide

Introducing the Poll Bludger’s comprehensive guide to a South Australian election that’s now a shade under two months away.

The Poll Bludger’s guide to the South Australian election on March 17 is now open for business. It features detailed guides for each of the forty-seven House of Assembly seats; a guide to the Legislative Council election, which will elect half the chamber’s twenty-two members; a detailed overview; and a poll tracker feature that will be promptly updated as new data becomes available. My next task is to craft a similar effort for the Tasmanian election that will either be on March 3 or March 17, which in the latter case will set up a clash with South Australia for the third time in a row. However, there is increasing chatter that the former date is being favoured, with Premier Will Hodgman potentially to fire the starter’s gun as early as Sunday.

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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.

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  1. Curious why that Yougov poll was hung onto for two weeks before release?

    At this point it is incumbent on X to detail policies on how he would run the state if premier, which he could be. Will he roll back the renewable power policy? Will he change water policy? Which taxes will go up? If none, which departments will be cut, because there is no spare cash in SA. How will he stimulate jobs? Will he loosen development restrictions?

    It is also incumbent on the media to ask him these questions. He is no longer a fringe candidate.

  2. As I recall it, X promised he’d doorknock every elector in Hartley before polling day.

    Clearly a broken promise – unless he’s Superman, Captain Marvel, Mandrake and The Phantom rolled into one.


    Since announcing he would leave the Senate to run in the South Australian election, all eyes have been on Nick Xenophon and his SA Best candidates.

    So far he’s announced 26 people running for the Lower House, a number tipped to hit 30 within the next week.

    That outweighs what’s known as the “magic number” of 24, the figure a party needs to reach to form government.

    But, even without 24 seats he could still become premier.

    Here’s how.

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