It's the election rumour that won't go away.

Crikey readers asked us back in April to investigate whether broadcaster Derryn Hinch, who's spent two stints in jail and five months under home detention for breaching suppression orders, is eligible to run for the Senate. Our investigations suggested he is. Others have also had a squiz at it and reported the same thing. But widespread suggestions that he isn't are still around, if you're looking.

Last night at a panel at the University of Melbourne, no less a political heavyweight than ABC Insider's Barrie Cassidy said there was a good chance Hinch would be elected in Victoria, and "he's ineligible".