From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

The snubs start. Indonesia’s anger over Australia’s spying on President Yudhoyono, his wife and senior officials has begun to take shape. We hear the Indonesian Minister for Religious Affairs, Suryadharma Ali — who was due to arrive in Australia this weekend to deliver a lecture at Deakin University on managing religious diversity in Indonesia — has cancelled. Although his formal apology for cancelling the trip said he had “other inevitable tasks and obligations”, his office said the cancellation was in direct response to the furore in Jakarta over the Australia spying scandal. Meanwhile, the President is not happy Jan about this spying affair …

IPA spring clean. Oh to be a fly… in a skip bin. They are traditionalists at the IPA, and they know that spring is a time of cleaning. Our tipster tells us that a skip bin outside Melbourne’s Collins Street headquarters of the think tank contains CDs, smashed hard drives and even an invite to the well-attended birthday bash from April this year, among general office rubbish. Our imaginations are running wild with what could be there: Gina Rinehart’s wishlist or a framed photo of Rupert Murdoch? We just hope they recycle … any enterprising passer-by who glances at Crikey’s bins will find nothing more exciting than chocolate wrappers, unread copies of the Financial Review, and tired novelty souvenirs brought back from our reporters who have holidayed overseas. Just in case you were planning on a reconnaissance mission.

Bitter Twitter diplomacy. It was an unusual move by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to tweet his feelings about the spying scandal (see tip above), but Liberal pollster Mark Textor’s comeback took it to a new level. It’s since been deleted.

BRW closing shindig. Fairfax business rag BRW hosted a party last night to celebrate/commemorate the last printed edition of the mag at the Saint and Rogue bar in Melbourne’s Collins Street, and our tipster tells us that one writer went in with scores to settle. Were you there? You can pass on your party goss anonymously.

Swan getting anti-social on social media. We know there’s not always a lot to do on the opposition backbench in question time, but is Wayne Swan spending it all on Facebook? Kevin Rudd was master of the selfie, but Swan seems to be using his newfound free time to master the meme. His first Joe Hockey jab was interesting, but yesterday’s effort had echoes of Microsoft Paint in Windows 95. Will anyone on the other side of the aisle hit back in the same way — perhaps a job for savvy junior Wyatt Roy? Keep them coming, Swanny, but maybe get a few tips from the kids first.

Mo ban. A caller to 3AW this morning said that an iconic Melbourne entertainment venue had banned staff from growing moustaches for Movember, which raises money for men’s health causes. Here at Tips we’re pro-Movember, even if the facial hair itself can look somewhat questionable. Have any senior pollies or business types gone for a hairy look this November? We’d love to run some pictures in Tips … email us here. And if any readers want to make our political or business leaders more hirsute through the magic of Photoshop, we’d love that too. Naturally no pic can come close to Scott Ludlam’s hair, a Crikey fave. Imagine if he grew a mo as well …

No “Sir” here. After yesterday’s tip that former PM John Howard might be going by “Sir John” overseas, we are told that the Order of Merit doesn’t actually bestow the title Sir. Still no confirmation that Howard is “Sir John” overseas though, so if you see him on your travels, let us know.

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