From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Not short'en style. "Subtly elegant. Decisively contemporary. Infinitely versatile." And if that doesn't sum up Labor frontbencher Bill Shorten, we don't know what does. That conclusion was sparked from this observation from a jet-setting mole: "Bill Shorten seen going through security at the Sydney virgin lounge ... complete with Louis Vuitton suit bag <gags>." We looked up some Louis Vuitton bags and found the catchphrase above. Check out the company's man bags here. They're certainly not cheap, so what is this hero of the working class doing toting one around? Shorten then headed straight for "The Club", Virgin's equivalent of Qantas' fancy invitation-only "Chairman's Lounge". The Chairman's Lodge is an old-white-man-only zone full of pollies getting free food and wine -- and keeping well away from the great unwashed jammed into the gate lounges. Watch out for Clive's iceberg. A surprised reader received this in his mailbox in the Brisbane electorate yesterday, and has kindly offered to send Crikey the Titanic II "video" contained within (another reader received the package in New England). The kit comes in a sealed plastic sleeve.

We took note, too, of where it was printed ... isn't Palmer all about protecting the future of Australian industry?