From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

Sex and the Peninsula. We know children can access adult content on the nasty web, but it’s not usually thanks to a school email. The lights were burning late at Peninsula Grammar in Victoria on Tuesday night after a note promoting a Brownlow breakfast accidentally included a live link to an Asian porn site. The missive went to all year 7 to 12 students but was swiftly removed from school inboxes along with an instruction not to click. Crikey asked the school what had happened, and a statement informed us that a typo in the link to trybooking.com was the problem. If you leave off the letter R, you get a very NSFW website, the top (safe-ish) bit of which is reproduced below. The school also professed to being “deeply remorseful” and “extremely upset” with the situation. An innocent, if costly, mistake. Sorry, kids! 

Rushed behind into politics? Are we set for another former sporting star to move into politics? A tipster tells us tongues are wagging in the Northern Territory, connecting former AFL star Joel Bowden with a move into a different arena. The former Richmond star had been the manager of football operations at AFLNT for the past three years, but resigned unexpectedly last month, in a move that local newspaper the NT News said sent “shockwaves … rippling” in the Top End. “The manager of football operations stepped away after three years of service, and will now pursue other opportunities in the NT,” the paper said. Could those opportunities be with the NT Labor government? And could that be a step toward the halls of power in Canberra?

Fibre to the nowhere. A Crikey tipster tells us one of the reasons the NBN has been plagued by cost overruns:

“The NBN fibre optic cable was installed along Hogans Road in Melbourne’s Hoppers Crossing a few months back. About 9 weeks ago, I saw it being ripped out. When I asked, the technicians said that NBN had not checked on possible roadworks, and that the road was being widened, and that would ruin the cable. It had to be removed and re-installed in new cable ducts a few meters to the side.”

Having a Gaytime. Plenty of usual suspects were on board yesterday when the High Court had its first and only hearing on the legitimacy of the postal plebiscite. There were the permanently po-faced judges, the short-haired lesbians, the earnest human rights lawyers and the harried journalists. A Crikey tipster observed one hoodie-wearing chap whispering furiously about “Sportsbet” and “the odds” and “huge loss”. When our spy approached the punter, he admitted he did have money on the High Court’s decision (due later this week) but denied that’s why he was there. At the time of sighting, Sportsbet had action on “Will there be a postal vote on SSM?” with Yes fetching $1.27, blown out of the water by No for $3.50. Talk about politics as sport.

Bernardi’s merry band. Face of the No campaign advertisement Heidi McIvor continues to be making moves in the political arena. Ms Tips understands that the pastor at extremist City Builders Church in Sale, Victoria, has joined Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives. McIvor has previously worked for Steve Fielding (Family First), Peter McGuaran (Nationals) and two Liberal Party politicians.

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