From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

Culture cuts: budget woes in Canberra. Canberra's cultural sector public servants woke to a chill wind this morning as reports said tomorrow's federal budget would merge back-office functions of agencies that employ 2200 public servants. The assistant director-general of Australian Collections and Reader Services at the National Library of Australia, Margy Burn, wrote to staff in an email this morning saying that "the devil will be in the detail as to how this is implemented".