From pizza to placenta via pineapple and Clive Palmer. Peter Munro takes you through the week's news in six associative leaps.
In a dramatic turnaround the Australian sharemarket has posted a gain for October, led by the banks, and is now 3.4 per cent ahead for the year. The month began with shares spiralling towards a technical correction, having wiped out all the gains of 2014 in a September slump.
Former Liberal premier Nick Greiner has criticised the corruption watchdog for investigating Crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen over allegations of perverting the course of justice, saying it is straying beyond its "core task".
Eating is also about atmosphere ...the sounds and the smells and the spring evenings, says festival director Joanna Savill.
Uncertainty about federal government deregulation plans leave the university unable to plan for next year.
Italy is the most ignorant of 14 countries with high internet penetration when it comes to understanding its own people, according to a survey.
A police officer accused of failing to act when a junior colleague allegedly declined to charge a female suspect so he could make sexual advances toward her has had the charges against him dismissed and been awarded $13,000 in legal costs.
The Commonwealth Bank might have escaped a royal commission into its scandal-ridden financial planning division but its chairman David Turner will be called to address “concerns” in a public forum next year.
The latest survey of SMSFs from Multiport shows that for the June quarter, cash holdings in SMSFs reached a record low of 18.29 per cent.
The letters that spell out ANZAC have been stolen from the commemorative site at the North Beach in Turkey.
Take a look at our handy guide to see what's happening in the region this weekend.