This site has been very quiet recently owing to recurring technological problems, but stay tuned because a full wrap-up of Saturday’s Werriwa by-election will be up shortly, as will updated Western Australian election guides with summaries of the outcomes in each electorate and region.
The Poll Bludger has been experiencing technical difficulties in the past few days, hence the unspectacular response to the Western Australian election announcement. These issues have been resolved and the floodgates are now open.
Stung by accusations of Luddism from Palmer’s Oz Politics, the Poll Bludger set his IT department to work on setting up an RSS feed. This facility is now available for the enjoyment of those who know what to do with such things.
With the post-mortem guide to the 2004 Queensland election now fully resolved, The Poll Bludger is off to Perth for a week to, you know, soak up the electoral ambience. On return he will absorb the outcome of this weekend’s exciting Liberal preselection action and hopefully provide a rundown of the less well publicised turf wars currently in play.
The Poll Bludger has stirred from his week-long post-election coma and is hard at work (honest) putting his Queensland election guide to bed now that something resembling final results are available. Once done each electorate entry will be appended with a wrap-up noting the outcome, swings and any last minute shenanigans the campaign updates may have missed. After that the Poll Bludger’s beady eye will turn to preselection fun and games now gathering steam both at the federal level and also in Western Australia, where a factious opposition may yet deliver Geoff Gallop a second term at the election due early next year.
The Poll Bludger’s long-awaited domain name is now in business, so amend those bookmarks to www.pollbludger.com. Big up to Crikey for their Poll Bludger awareness-raising efforts in this week’s sealed sections. Apologies to Townsville Greens candidate Theresa Millard whom I falsely accused of being a marine scientist. Her party’s website has her as a "former journalist, academic and government adviser". Thanks to Millard, Antony Green, Malcolm Farnsworth, Troy Reeves and Charles Richardson for their error-spotting and fact-pointing-out – keep them coming here.
Bronx cheers all round as the ABC finally gets it together to post Antony Green’s Queensland election guide on its website. Loud boos for their removal of the archived guides to previous elections going back to 2001 – express your displeasure to Aunty’s minions here. And as the campaign moves into full swing, keep a regular eye on Peter Brent’s observations at Mumble.