While former PM Tony Abbott seems to be doing just as many talkback radio interviews as when he was in the job, former treasurer Joe Hockey has been silent, not heard from since he announced that he would be quitting Parliament completely. While there are rumours he will land a plum diplomatic role, the whispers have started over which Liberals have their eye on the seat of North Sydney, which has been in Liberal hands since Federation, with the exception of two terms. One name that has been suggested to Ms Tips is Margaret Cunneen SC, the prosecutor who was cleared by ICAC earlier this year after allegations she had perverted the course of justice. We hear that Cunneen has been courted by both sides of politics in NSW over the years, and that if she were to go into politics, she’d want a senior role. Hockey, as leader of the wets, would have a big say in who succeeds him in the seat, but locals might not be so keen on the idea of parachuting an outsider in. Know more? Drop us a line.

Peter Fray

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