From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

Qld blunders for ALP? Seems there are a few pre-election hiccups for the ALP in the must-win state of Queensland ... we've heard that "a certain rising star organiser got a please explain as to how her campaign went so awry", and that Peter Freeleagus, the Capricornia candidate, missed a deadline to respond to a media request for an election debate so was a no-show. And did a certain candidate draw blanks when asked about the Building the Education Revolution, setting tongues wagging among powerful party insiders about whether the best people have been preselected?