From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

An office for two? A Crikey tipster tells us beleaguered Nationals MPs Barnaby Joyce and Matt Canavan are merging offices since Canavan’s resignation. It’s well known Joyce is taking on his former press secretary’s portfolios, but we were not expecting a full-blown merger. The “transition” seems to be off to a rocky start -- unsurprising, given Joyce is hardly the most stable government figure to be clinging to in troubled times. They seem to be two peas in a pod. Know anything about the union? Send us a tip.