You’d be brave to try and get between a microphone and a Democrat politician this morning following the death of party founder Don Chipp yesterday in a Melbourne hospital. They're lining up to praise a man whose status as larrikin legend of Australian politics is far more secure than the future of the party he founded.

Democrats Senator Andrew Bartlett, who knew Chipp a little, has this generous obituary on his blog. Interestingly the PM, who is facing his own problems with party discipline, is much more circumspect in his comments, which are reported in this morning's Age: