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51 Of The Best, Worst, And Weirdest Photos From Australian Politics In 2017

Breastfeeding, burqas, and Barnaby.

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Then-Greens senator Larissa Waters became the first woman to breastfeed while addressing the Senate chamber.

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Greens senator Janet Rice knitted a rainbow scarf in the Senate after immigration minister Peter Dutton said gay rights advocates should "get back to their knitting".

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Cory Bernardi shielding his face after he accidentally gate-crashed a Labor marriage-equality photo shoot.

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Penny Wong reacting to the news that 61.6% of Australians voted YES in the same-sex marriage postal survey.

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Sarah Hanson-Young during her speech in the Senate on marriage equality.

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Australian parliament voted to legalise same-sex marriage. Only four politicians in the lower house voted against.

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Gay Liberal MP Trent Zimmerman wears a rainbow flag as he watches Liberal Warren Entsch throw Labor's Linda Burney into the air after same-sex marriage passed.

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Marriage equality passed into law.

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Right-wing senator Pauline Hanson wore a burqa into the Senate chamber.

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Employment minister Michaelia Cash prepares for questions after BuzzFeed News revealed her office tipped off the media about police raids on union offices.

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Nick Xenophon packs up after resigning from the Senate to move to state politics in South Australia.

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Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull met US president Donald Trump after that awkward phone call.

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There was a smoking ceremony on the steps of Victorian parliament as the state's first Aboriginal woman MP Greens member for Northcote Lidia Thorpe entered.

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Barnaby Joyce's results overshadowed the deputy prime minister at the New England by-election.

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And he rejoyced.

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And One Nation leader senator Pauline Hanson didn't have the best Queensland election night.

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Sam Dastyari and Derryn Hinch shared some love.

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Politicians visited schools.

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And there was always one guy in an animal suit.

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Hello.

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It's not Auspol without a Nick Xenophon stunt.

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And Nationals MP George Christensen threatened to quit the party, again.

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The PM went to flood zones.

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And his predecessor loomed large.

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Turnbull was overshadowed at times.

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Treasurer Scott Morrison delivered his budget speech.

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The PM gave a lot of speeches.

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Australia's first female Muslim MP Anne Aly walked in Sydney Fashion Week.

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Australia said YES to marriage equality.

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Bill Shorten celebrated.

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The PM watched the result come in back in Canberra.

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It was a more sombre affair for the "no" results event.

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And Bill Shorten dabbed...a few times.

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Clinton Pryor visited parliament after a 5,581km walk across Australia.

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And he didn't like what he heard in Canberra.

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The PM ate banh mi for the first time in Vietnam during APEC, despite living the majority of his life in Sydney where it is pretty damn easy (and a good idea) to get banh mi.

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The PM made a lot of national security–related announcements.

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Quite a few.

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Peter Dutton became home affairs minister.

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The shirts that come with regional trade meetings were also a thing.

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The leather jacket also returned for the Snowy Hydro announcement.

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And the prime minister seemed more elated with John Alexander winning the Bennelong by-election than John Alexander.

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Alice Workman is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Canberra.

Contact Alice Workman at alice.workman@buzzfeed.com.

Josh Taylor is a Senior Reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

Contact Josh Taylor at josh.taylor@buzzfeed.com.

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