While the Prime Minister razzle-dazzled with a smoke-and-mirrors speech, there was a lot on the agenda that will actually have an effect on real people's lives.
It took 10 months to put together a story about sexual abuse allegations against George Pell, but this week police questioned the Cardinal in Rome.
With forces inside and outside the Vatican conspiring against George Pell, Pope Francis is in a bit of a pickle, writes Vaticanologist Michael Hewitt-Gleeson.
Crikey readers discuss politics and other issues of the day.
Andrew Bolt will interview George Pell on Sky News tonight. Plus other media tidbits of the day.