From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … 

Doyle's disappearing act. Staff at the City of Melbourne are watching with interest the outcome of the month long investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by Lord Mayor Robert Doyle. Two women have made claims against the mayor who we are told was not visible at the council-wide Christmas do last week. Was his low profile a response to the breaking story by The Age? Ms Tips has also learned the corridors and groupchats at Collins Street are alive with discussion of the news. It's set to be a tense summer.