From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

Turn up the AC. Cory Bernardi has already taken over the Family First party in his quest to make his Australian Conservatives party a big player in the hard-line, socially conservative niche of the political market, but it looks like his Crusades are not over. In an email to members shared with Crikey, the Australian Christians Victorian state director Jeff Reaney revealed that they are also considering merging with Bernardi: