From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

Malcolm Roberts' new bestie. Whatever happened to climate denier Alan Moran, whose commitment to racial vilification free speech was too much even for the IPA? Moran used to be the director of the "deregulation unit" (for they do love deregulating things) at the Institute of Public Affairs, but that august body dumped him in 2014 after Moran tweeted “Is there ever anything but evil coming from Islam?’’. Moran, who detests renewable energy and policies designed to address climate change, has written a book this year (published, of course, by right-wing vanity project enablers Connor Court) called Climate Change: Treaties and Policies in the Trump Era. To promote it, he's been teaming up with notable right-wing writers Terry McCrann, Andrew Bolt, Nick Cater, Ian Plimer (who has his own addition to the Connor Court stable) and Senator Malcolm Roberts at events hosted by the freedom-loving Liberty Works. The graphics are really quite something.