We have a possible explanation for the Joe
Tripodi/Alex McTaggart joint appearance on Monday where the loathed Roads
Minister may have sunk the independent's chances to replace John Brogden. The journo
who got the yarn, Paul Mullins, and one of Tripodi's staff are close, we're
told. Very close. Close in a way that's known to cloud political judgement…

Liberal candidate Paul Nicolaou's judgement
is also being questioned. He's been criticised by parochial punters as a blow
in. So why is he holding a fundraiser way across the harbour at Le Montage in Leichhardt,
some thirty four kilometres away?