The best reads from around the worldFollow @ShortlistDaily
Australia's cost of living delusion "The only households that are doing it tough are those in the bottom quintile of incomes, who spend a much bigger proportion of their income on necessities than the rest of us. But even they have enjoyed nearly 20% growth in real income over the last 30 years."
The shock-jock rule of Campbell Newman "The question that now looms over the potentially long reign of Campbell Newman is just how much of the past he intends to disinter. He's not a fascist. He's not even Bjelke-Petersen. But he's not the master manager he likes to portray himself as, either."
Foul play: the spy found dead in a bag "Deepening the mystery surrounding the death of a reclusive MI6 agent found doubled up inside a padlocked duffel bag in his London flat, a coroner said on Wednesday that it was unlikely that the case would ever be solved."