Scott Morrison suddenly out of feedback for Victoria's state politicians, we're seeing the kickback from Simon Birmingham's ARC grant vetoes, and is the Daily Mail about to face court? From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours…

What a guy. As we hurtle towards the Victorian state election, our Steve Bradbury Prime Minister has finally met someone who needs him (as opposed to the rest of us who jolt awake every day remembering that, weirdly, Scott Morrison is our Prime Minister). State liberal leader Matthew Guy said in Ballarat on Monday "I need him involved and I'll be having him involved" in the campaign. But, perhaps in a sign of just how toxic the Victorian Liberal brand is, Morrison, when asked about his involvement, played the "I'll see you when I see you" card.