Like an elderly relative forwarding a joke long after it has already done the rounds, far-right LNP senator Matt Canavan has discovered "fake news". Yesterday the Queensland minister, best known for his support for anti-abortion picketers, accused the ABC of reporting "fake news" that Adani, the Indian company behind the beleaguered Carmichael, was the subject of corruption investigations by the Indian government.

Adani has a well-established history of involvement in bribery and other scandals. Bizarrely, the company actually confirmed the investigation claimed by Canavan to be "fake" in its rejection of the allegations against it.