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Is Peter Hastie Andrew Hastie’s dad? … drinking the Kool-Aid … questions surround Hazelwood fire …

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Is the City of Melbourne carrying out its own Operation Fortitude? … an odd solution to tracking visitors … maybe can bomb away a refugee crisis? …

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Tips and rumours: report from the Brandis meeting we were banned from

Brandis’ arts fiesta. On Wednesday we reported that Minister for the Arts George Brandis would be in conversation with Liberal MP Kelly O’Dwyer at an arts forum, held yesterday, but O’Dwyer herself told Crikey’s Ben Eltham he wasn’t welcome, because having a journalist present could stifle the opinions of her constituents. But Crikey’s excellent tipsters delivered the goods. It was quite […]

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Ben Eltham locked out, but we still have the goss from Brandis’ chinwag … Groundhog gay …

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Tips and rumours: Abbott AWOL in Canning?

The people of Canning are getting a lot of attention at the moment, with the byelection following the death of Liberal MP Don Randall set for September 19. This means that they are lucky enough to receive election paraphernalia while the rest of us only get catalogues and bills in the mail. A tipster received […]

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Tips and rumours: Geelong Grammar in royal commission crosshairs

Revelations of sexual abuse at prestigious Geelong Grammar are set to have a big impact on the school, according to a letter to the past and present parents of the school from principal Stephen Meek yesterday. Meek warned in the letter that upcoming hearings at the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse […]

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Geelong Grammar in the hot seat … Canning election material, with no Tony in sight … Leyonhjelm fires up on Twitter …

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Tips and rumours: Sarah Henderson busted claiming credit for others’ work

It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book, a member of government trying to claim responsibility and kudos for funding made by the previous government, and member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson was caught out this weekend. Henderson claimed that the Liberal government had provided $1.5 billion worth of funding for the Regional Rail Link […]

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Tips and rumours: Crikey not welcome at Brandis event

You can’t sit with us. We are often accused of being impolite, but even Ms Tips knows that uninviting someone from an event after they had kindly RSVPed is quite rude. Member for Higgins and parliamentary secretary to the Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer made quite the faux pas yesterday by calling Crikey arts correspondent Ben Eltham and informing him […]

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Ben Eltham uninvited from Brandis event … TPGificiation of iiNet has begun …

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Tips and rumours: Malcolm for PM?

Malcolm for PM? Former Liberal NSW MP and former Liberal Party treasurer and founder of the Millennium Forum Michael Yabsley is spruiking his friend Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull as the guest speaker at his Wombat Hollow Forum next month, and the write-up seems to hint that leadership chatter is not at all put to bed: “Rarely if ever […]

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Did the PM&C dud a hotel? … questions about homophobic petition … Malcolm for PM? …

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Tips and rumours: who really has the ADF’s back?

Who’s got your back? The Liberal candidate for Canning, Andrew Hastie, is a quick learner, and has already demonstrated a fine capacity to politicise national security. “In Afghanistan, I did not feel that the then-Labor government had our backs,” the former SAS soldier said on Saturday. On that basis, Hastie must be particularly uncomfortable around Tony […]

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Nikolic wants to take Shoten outside … ScoMo’s dinner with Rupert … Mel Gibson at the Israeli Film Festival? …

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Tips and rumours: Warren Entsch feels the love

A tipster tells us that LNProud, a group of LGBTI people who support the Liberal and National parties, are holding a fundraiser for Liberal MP Warren Entsch in Sydney next week, which will be attended by Entsch, Malcolm Turnbull and Christine Forster (Tony Abbott’s sister). According to the tipster, the fundraiser is necessary because Entsch is on […]

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Warren Entsch feels the love … a new job for Sco Mo … The Sex Party pulls out …

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Tips and rumours: where’s Peter Dutton?

Dutton a no-show. The Migration and Settlement Awards were held in Canberra on Tuesday night, but a tipster tells us that Immigration Minister Peter Dutton was “noticeably absent”: “In attendance were the Prime Minister, Bill Shorten, ex-Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison and Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Michaelia Cash. He was […]

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Tips and rumours: why is the Sex Party getting involved with Gamergate?

GamerGate meetup gets sexy. Two weeks ago we reported that the Melbourne chapter of Gamergate, the group that began in August last year in response to women raising concerns about sexism in video game culture, would be having a meet up at the end of this month, promising the attendance of a Victorian politician. The group says its […]

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Peter Dutton absent from immigration awards … Gamergate sexing it up … Hunt saving the rainforest …

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Tips and rumours: keeping Wickr use on the downlow

We know Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is in constant correspondence with ABC managing director Mark Scott, but is he trying to have any of those conversations on the down low? The Mandarin recently reported that public service employees are increasingly writing notes on Post-Its in order to avoid advice to government being released under freedom of information laws. […]

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Tips and rumours: can’t announce a deal on an empty stomach

A spot of tea. It’s the “deal of the decade”, according to the papers this morning — the record $2.5 billion that will flow into AFL coffers from the broadcasters that won the rights to Australia’s greatest sport. The press conference yesterday looked like a line-up of power, with AFL chief Gillon McLachlan flanked by Seven’s Kerry Stokes […]

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Rupert’s dinner deal … why is ScoMo courting Xenophon? … who are Sharri’s sources? …

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Tips and rumours: Parliamentary sing-a-long

A tipster discovered an Oasis in Parliament House last night, and by that we mean not a water source in a desert but the sounds of the ’90s Britpop band. A singalong to the classic Wonderwall could be heard coming from the office of NSW Labor Senator Deb O’Neill — report is that it was rocking, but we don’t […]

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Tips and rumours: exclusives can get in the bin

Exclusive watch. Here at Crikey we enjoy monitoring the liberal use of the “exclusive” tag at the News Corp papers, especially at The Australian, where quoting a blog (which has already been quoted in Crikey) will have editors reaching for the red ink. A source tells us the News Corp love for exclusivity extends throughout all areas of operation — right down […]

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Exclusive watch … redundancy toll at Toll … Tony Smith’s scatalogical nickname …

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