Voters may well be saying one thing to the pollster but their votes are telling a different story.

It was an entertaining couple of weeks in politics with the unexpected re-election of the governing conservative coalition in the Australian Federal Election and a couple of attempted launches of new political parties on this side of the Tasman.

An Australian friend, successfully involved in Labour Party politics on both sides of the Tasman for years, described the federal election outcome as "a massive defeat for the polling industry", pointing out that not one single poll over at least the past