From the Crikey grapevine, it’s the latest tips and rumours…

Drink like a Tory. It’s been a go-to shorthand for conservatives for years — there is no quicker way to dismiss a progressive figure as out of touch or elitist than by calling them a “latte sipper”. But finally science has intervened to prove what Ms Tips has known for a long time: lattes are absolutely the Tories of the coffee world. The Australia Institute has put out research that they say “dispels stereotypes around what Australians drink and their political leanings”.

According to this report, it turns out café latte drinkers vote Liberal/National more than any other party. Among regular latte drinkers, voting intentions were 34% LNP, 32% Labor, 16% Greens 7% One Nation, 12% other. Regular chai latte drinkers are also most likely to vote LNP (36%) than ALP (26%) or Greens (16%). And to pre-empt the more recent addition of non-dairy milk alternatives to stereotype, it turns out people who drink coffee with almond milk showed a similar trend — although soy latte drinkers do track with the stereotype, being slightly more likely to vote Green (31%) compared to 28% for the LNP and 26% for Labor. But all in all, inner-city voters and Greens voters are apparently more likely to drink flat whites or beer.

Liberal attitudes. To celebrate their projected budget surplus — aka being “back in the black” — the Liberal Party have turned all their social media black and white. They’ve also put outa  black and white post-budget sales pitch featuring Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. While Ms Tips totally gets the black and white choice (any struggling short-film maker will tell you nothing gives the illusion of artistry like turning down the saturation), one thing did stand out: the lack of women. A group of women stand in the back and admire Frydenberg and Morrison as they pass. At one point, a woman walks alongside Frydenberg. And Minister for Regional Services Bridget McKenzie can be seen (if that’s the right word) as the video ends, out of focus, in the background. 

It makes sense that Frydenberg and Morrison are the focus, but for a party with such a well-documented and ongoing problem with recognising women, would it not have made sense to perhaps include at least one woman who wasn’t an indistinct blur behind a man?

Bosses bounce around Bauer. We hear there are yet more upheavals in the shrinking, amalgamated “homes” titles of German publisher Bauer. House & Garden editor, Lisa Green, newly made editor-in-chief of all homes titles, is now departing and Belle editor Tanya Buchanan will take over as editor of House & Garden.

Replacing her at Belle is Gavin Kirk, who was an associate editor at Pacific’s Home Beautiful (part of Seven West Media and also undergoing another round of staff  “shrinkage”). The publisher of the amalgamated “homes”  titles at Bauer is Shane Sutton, who is also ex-Pacific, having formerly edited WHO magazine.

Do The Australian‘s editors even bother reading their own paper? A Simon Benson/Joe Kelly story this morning describing the tax punch-counter-punch between the government and Labor — actually pretty straight by the standards of the Oz — was headlined “Shorten’s magic pudding on tax and surplus” even though at no point did Benson and Kelly use that phrase. Indeed, they didn’t even refer to the idea behind “magic pudding”: that somehow Labor couldn’t commit to both tax cuts and surplus. The government’s attack on Labor is not that its tax cuts are unfunded or part of some magic pudding, but that they are all too funded — by “$200 billion in new taxes”. Dennis Shanahan spelled out the official Coalition/News Corp line elsewhere: “how the tax cuts, surpluses and debt reduction are funded — from the Coalition’s economic growth through stimulus and investment or from Labor’s $200 billion new taxes on business, investors and higher-income earners.” That may be rubbish, but at least it’s consistent rubbish. Maybe the editors in Sydney should read their journalists and commentators once in a while?

One for Martin, none for Martin. Often, when former high flyers or byline stars defect from media company to another, we see the process of “blanking” — basically a less brutal version of Soviet “erasing”. Ms Tips noted a touch of that process being applied to Peter Martin, formerly The Age’s highly respected senior economic writer. In a piece republished from The Conversation on the Nine websites in the lead-up to Tuesday’s budget, Martin argued that the federal Coalition had a chance to make a significant change to superannuation. Curiously, in the author description, Martin is described only as “a visiting fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University”. No room to mention his valuable and long term contributions to economic debate and analysis while at Nine (née Fairfax). Ouch.

How…Intern-esting …  As you can probably tell from the previous subhead, Ms Tips is generally not tasked with coming up with good headlines — that, as often as not, falls to Crikey‘s production editor Dan Wood (“Beneath the surplus” was his, as was “Bar naan: Brexit shuts the door on migrants and their delicious cuisines“). In addition to being a gun subeditor and sketcher of fine colour pieces, he also acts in and writes frightfully amusing stuff of his own, such as the comedy web series The Intern, which launched on Crikey waaaay back in 2015. Ms Tips heard this week that the series has recently been given a second life… as an educational resource. A tipster has been in contact to let us know that the ABC is using a clip from The Intern in its company-wide training module on defamation law. Ms Tips heartily approves — after all, Dan very rarely gets us sued.

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