This week I have been mostly reading...
House prices: is the ground beginning to shift at last?
Abbott's green light to people smugglers
Treasurer Joe Hockey's gaffes on housing have put more lead in the federal government's saddle-bags
U.N.: Australia paid migrant smugglers to turn boats around
Indonesian police documents detail boat turn-back and alleged payments to people smuggling crew
People smuggler cash: Stacks police say were paid to send asylum seekers on a 'suicide mission'
Winter wonderland in the Red Centre as hail transforms desert
'Totally trashing the tradition': Former Speaker Anna Burke hits out at successor Bronwyn Bishop over Q&A appearance
Turnbull breaks ranks on citizenship, declaring constitution cannot be compromised How far gone are we when this is considered a maverick position?
If Labor wants a shot at the next election it needs a leader who is not Bill Shorten
Moral compass follows the votes for Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten
The Charleston Shooter: Racist, Violent, and Yes – Political
It’s not about mental illness: The big lie that always follows mass shootings by white males
Pope Francis blasts global warming deniers in leaked draft of encyclical
The Pope has put Catholic climate sceptics on notice
Why Conservatives fear Pope’s Climate Letter: A Radical Attack on the Logic of the Market
An interview with Harry Williams, Bowie collector Also one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet.
How one man destroyed the Food Network: Guy Fieri has made culinary TV into a viewer’s hell
Humour and satire:
Piss-Stained Cardboard Box In Sydney Sells For $590,000
I am fighting alcohol - and losing
A few thoughts on Laudato Si Part 2
Clickbait of the week:
Left behind, boy's stuffed tiger goes on big adventure at Tampa International Airport
The least boring photo on my camera roll: