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51 Times Australian Politics Was Too Fucking Insane To Be Real In 2016

What did we just watch?

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If that wasn't bizarre enough, Plibersek then ran into the same dude with the fucking rat!

Rat man is back and trades rat tips with @tanya_plibersek. For the record, he's a Labor voter #ausvotes @australian

4. Immigration minister Peter Dutton had an unreal year. Like that time he accidentally sent a text message to a female journalist calling her a "mad fucking witch". Good times.

"Hello is that Telstra? This is Peter Dutton. How do you stop a text?" #auspol


7. Turnbull signalled his intention to call a double dissolution election and a TV show congratulated him.

.@TurnbullMalcolm I admire your methodology, Prime Minister. If you don't like how the table is set, turn over the table.

8. What about that time senator Lambie said Aussie soldiers should get "pre-emptive pardons" from all charges of committing war crimes. The defence minister disagreed.

Senator @JacquiLambie says Australian soldiers should get "pre-emptive pardons" if accused of war crimes or breache…

9. Back to old mate Dutto: His office asked a photographer to take down an unflattering photo, so naturally it became an insane meme.

11. Labor leader Bill Shorten asked this lovely woman about her favourite type of lettuce. This led to several days of debate about his favourite type of lettuce (he declined to pick one variety).

.@billshortenmp is visting "BIG SAM’S MARKET" in Melbourne today. Fingers crossed we find out his favourite lettuce.


14. There was that bizarre "Budgie Nine" story about a bunch of blokes who got arrested for stripping down to speedos at the Malaysian Grand Prix, chanting, "Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi" and drinking beers from shoes.

15. Malcolm Turnbull came up with a new slogan, "continuity with change". It just so happened the slogan had been said many times on Veep.

Of course, the star of the show noticed.

I am dumbstruck. @VeepHBO

What a ridiculous day.


22. Ross Hart had a good year.

25. Treasurer Scott Morrison was coming up with phrases that belonged in a Dr Seuss book.

26. Former PM Tony Abbott dropped into this teen's wave and the stink-eye was stunning.

Instagram: @ivythomas_

Yes, that Greg Hunt.

Last week Phil Ruddock wins human rights gig, this week Greg Hunt wins world's best minister, NEXT WEEK: CLIVE PALMER WINS SEXIEST MAN ALIVE

30. Billionaire Clive Palmer was caught counting his money in parliament.

Counting his money #auspol @abcnews @ABCNews24

31. Barnaby Joyce announced a plan to kill carp with herpes by just yelling "carp!" a lot.

33. Independent MP Andrew Wilkie dropped a c-bomb on TV.

34. Meanwhile senator Cory Bernardi was so angry about being called a homophobe that he went on a rant at "homophobe mones".

42. This little kid trolled the hell out of the PM.

Prime Minister @TurnbullMalcolm returned to Canberra today - then things got awkward. #auspol

43. The census went into a full scale meltdown, but not before Malcolm Turnbull tweeted about how easy it was.

We filled in the @ABSCensus tonight online - v easy to do. And so important for planning better Govt services & investment for the future

44. Tony Abbott gave a gift to a primary school he was visiting. That gift was, of course, a signed copy of his book.

48. The Senate had a "sleepover".

Poor @Nick_Xenophon is plum tuckered he has slipped into his PJ's & slippers & he needed a goodnight hug @murpharoo

49. And it nearly killed us.

If you want a micro nap @samdastyari don't sit behind the person with the call #HotTip

51. But really, senator Bill Heffernan summed up 2016 with this bloody perfect expression. Bring on 2017.

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