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Have You Been Paying Attention To Australian News Over Summer?

What made the news?

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Summer is normally a quiet time for the news business in Australia, but can you remember what made the headlines during the summer break?

  1. What was the peak temperature for Sydney in early January?
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    45.3
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    49.7
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    Incorrect
    47.3
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    Incorrect
    48.7
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    47.3!

    It's not quite the record in Sydney, but it is the highest for Penrith. And the highest in 80 years.

    47.3!
  2. What was the final result in the Ashes?
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    3–1
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    4–0
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    2–2
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    5–0
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    4–0

    Australian cricket management was criticised for poor sportsmanship after hosting the final post-match presentation on a portable stage adorned with a giant hand displaying four fingers, thus reminding the English players of their 4–0 series drubbing.

    4–0
  3. Which Labor MP is the government calling on to resign over their (alleged) dual citizenship?
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    Susan Lamb
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    Bill Shorten
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    Penny Wong
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    Doug Cameron
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    Wrong!

    Susan Lamb

    The MP for Longman faces being referred to the High Court when parliament returns in February because the Turnbull government now has the numbers to refer her, following John Alexander winning the Bennelong by-election.

    Susan Lamb
  4. What is the name of the self-proclaimed professional athlete who allegedly plagiarised another writer's work in an opinion piece against the Sudanese community in Melbourne?
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    Yelly Noa
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    Noah Elly
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    Helly Noa
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    Nelly Yoa
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    Wrong!

    Nelly Yoa!

    He maintains that he's still sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, American Express, and Nike, despite all those companies reportedly saying they had no record of any agreements.

  5. What citizenship was Julian Assange granted in an effort to end his stay in an embassy in the UK?
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    American
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    Ecuadorian
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    British
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    Australian
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    Wrong!

    Ecuadorian

    But attempts to get Assange diplomatic status (and thus immunity) so he could leave the Ecuadorian embassy were quickly rejected by the UK government.

    Ecuadorian
  6. Which politician said that people in Melbourne were afraid to go out at night and eat in restaurants?
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    Daniel Andrews
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    Malcolm Turnbull
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    Pauline Hanson
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    Peter Dutton
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    Wrong!

    Peter Dutton

    The minister for home affairs has since doubled down on his comments, pointing to polling that showed people are concerned about the so-called African gang crisis that has dominated the news over the summer.

    Peter Dutton
  7. Where is the new Apple Store in Melbourne?
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    Federation Square
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    Constitution Square
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    Centenary Square
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    Federal Square
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    Wrong!

    Federation Square

    And many people are angry about it, suggesting that it is giving away public space to a commercial company.

    Federation Square
  8. What is the name of the next Australian high commissioner to the United Kingdom?
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    John Brumby
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    Alexander Downer
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    George Brandis
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    Andrew Robb
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    George Brandis

    Australia's former attorney general announced, as had been expected all year, that he would retire from the Senate and replace Alexander Downer as Australia's next man in London.

    George Brandis
  9. Which politician said that NSW drivers needed to be warned about Victorian crime at the border?
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    Craig Laundy
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    Craig Kelly
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    Bill Shorten
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    Malcolm Turnbull
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    Wrong!

    Craig Kelly

    The backbench Liberal MP said that motorists driving into Victoria should be warned that car thefts are 3.33 per 1,000 registered vehicles in the state, compared with 2.22 per 1,000 in NSW.

  10. What national landmark recently received a wallaby visitor?
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    The Sydney Opera House
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    Parliament House
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    The Sydney Harbour Bridge
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    The Big Banana
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    The Sydney Harbour Bridge

    The male wallaby was spotted crossing lanes without indicating and was captured on the south side of the bridge.

    The Sydney Harbour Bridge
  11. Which singer will headline Mardi Gras?
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    Kylie Minogue
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    Cher
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    Mariah Carey
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    Britney Spears
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    Wrong!

    It's Cher

    You better believe.

    It's Cher
  12. How long was SBS's full “slow TV” screening of the Ghan?
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    4 hours
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    24 hours
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    17 hours
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    14 hours
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    Wrong!

    It was 17 hours long

    Extra credit if you made it all the way through.

    It was 17 hours long
  13. Which tennis star is feuding with Margaret Court?
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    Billie Jean King
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    Serena Williams
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    Pat Rafter
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    Lleyton Hewitt
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    Billie Jean King

    Margaret Court continues to find herself mired in controversy over comments about same-sex couples.

    Billie Jean King
  14. Which musical did Craig McLachlan step down from amid sexual harassment allegations?
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    The Book of Mormon
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    Muriel's Wedding
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    Mamma Mia
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    The Rocky Horror Show
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    Wrong!

    Rocky Horror

    McLachlan stepped down during the Adelaide production of the musical.

    Rocky Horror

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

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