From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

Consensus at ACU? The new location for the Australian Consensus Centre is yet to be announced, leading academics across the country to wonder if their university's administration is considering taking $4 million from the government for the project. One tipster has told us that Australian Catholic University is tipped to be the next home for Bjorn Lomborg's "Australian Consensus", as it was written in the budget papers. According to our tipster, the centre would suit ACU because, "They are currently in the midst of staffing restructure. Most of the current staff are being made Teaching-only in either a effort to save on staffing costs or to manage them out (or both). The aim of this is to attract higher profile researchers who can bring in the bucks -- grants and setting up Research Centres are where the money is in Higher Ed. Lomborg would fit perfectly into this profile."