From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

Pell's farewell. Next week's farewell dinner for George Pell (who is on his way to the Vatican via the royal commission into child sex abuse) sounds nice. We've heard "lots of big wigs" will be at the party at the Sydney restaurant -- will Pell fan and devout Catholic Tony Abbott attend? Crikey has checked out the restaurant's menu and would order the smoked salmon tower and the grilled scampi (no vows of poverty for these diners!). There's just one problem. We haven't received our invitation yet.