Year in Review: What on earth happened to Australian Politics?

Picture: Keogh Cartoons

Australian politics delivered its share of “what the…” moments in 2015. Here’s some of the highlights…

The infamous ‘revolving door’ of Australian politics. Picture: HuffingtonPost

1. Returning to the leadership of the Liberal Party, Malcolm Turnbull successfully challenges Tony Abbott to  become Prime Minister in September. Here’s a quick look at some of the Turnbull vs Abbott policies.

 

Tony Abbott eats an onion… more memes for #auspol

2. One of the things that former Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be remembered for is his endorsement of the Tasmanian onion industry.

Prince Phillip was knighted by Tony Abbott in a bizarre ‘captain’s pick’. Picture: HeraldSun

3. Apparently Tony Abbott thought it would be a good idea to suck up to the Queen by giving Prince Phillip a knighthood on Australia Day.

Browyn Bishop became one of the most memed characters Australian politics after ‘choppergate’.

4. Former speaker Browyn Bishop eventually resigned after being caught spending tax-payer monies on a helicopter flight from Melbourne to a Geelong golf-course.

Changing political parties was apparently popular this year. Picture: SMH

5. Queensland MP Ian McFarlane tried and failed to jump ship from the Liberal Party to the National Party. Senator Glenn Lazarus also quit the Palmer United Party to become an Independent.

Not sure who is the one that needs a real fix here… Photo: Su-Lin Tan

6. Abbott’s Education Minister famously went on television to announce that he was ‘the fixer’ when it came to the government’s funding of science in Australia.

Zacky Mallah went on Q&A accusing a government minister of giving muslim Australians reason to join the Islamic State.

7. The Liberal Coalition seized on controversial comments made by Zacky Mallah to force the ABC to introduce better editorial control over its news programs and to over it being a ‘lefty lynch mob’…

Actor Johnny Depp and wife Amber Heard’s dogs were illegally brought into Australia causing controversy. Picture: DoggieDiscussions

8. Despite being the butt of jokes, Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce won an award for his tough quarantine stance against terriers Pistol and Boo.

The Killing Season screened on ABC showing tension in the Rudd-Gillard years of government. Picture: SMH

9. Australians were reminded of the drama in Canberra during the recent Labor years with a documentary featuring former Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard released.

Australia’s newest ambassador to Washington… Picture: news.com.au

10. Joe Hockey known for his austerity budget measures will be shipped off to the United States after he quit the Treasurer’s job in support of ousted Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

This article was first published in The Typewriter

http://typewriterintl.com/2015/12/30/what-happened-in-australian-politics-in-2015/

Roydon Ng is a freelance journalist, blogger and web designer based from Sydney, Australia.

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