1. Let's start with independent senator Jacqui Lambie who appeared in an Australia Day video saying people don't take the "Oath of Allegiance" anymore... but she read the wrong oath, instead citing the "Citizen's Pledge".
2. Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull had a long year, but remember the time he gently caressed a pet rat named Splinter in a shopping centre?
3. You do? Good. Well, you may have missed the fact Labor's Tanya Plibersek was then given a rat by The Chaser. Plibersek adopted the rat, taking it home to her kids.
If that wasn't bizarre enough, Plibersek then ran into the same dude with the fucking rat!
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.
5. There was that time the PM staged a press conference about housing affordability in the front yard of a home owned by a one-year-old.
6. Or the time the PM did a nice thing by putting $5 in a homeless man's coffee cup, which of course led to days of debate about whether he did the right thing.
7. Turnbull signalled his intention to call a double dissolution election and a TV show congratulated him.
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.
9. Back to old mate Dutto: His office asked a photographer to take down an unflattering photo, so naturally it became an insane meme.
10. After some guy wrote an op-ed complaining about kids eating smashed avocado, the avocado became a national symbol of housing stress... because of course it fucking did.
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).
12. Attorney general George Brandis had a shitty year, but don't forget about that time he was dragged on the internet because of his weird-looking signature.
13. There were a lot of high-minded environmental debates in Australia in 2016. Like when a government MP linked renewable energy to child drownings.
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.
It just so happened one of the guys was a senior adviser to the defence industry minister Christopher Pyne. He resigned :(
Of course, the star of the show noticed.
16. The deputy prime minister used a special cream that burned off cancers from his face, leaving him to look like the best walking, talking PSA for sunscreen.
17. Sticking with Joyce... remember that fucking insane video Johnny Depp and Amber Heard filmed to apologise to all of Australia for illegally bringing their little dogs.
What a ridiculous day.
18. If Pauline Hanson getting re-elected after 20 years wasn't weird enough, there was that awkward AF encounter on national TV when she found out Sam Dastyari was born Muslim.
19. And when some people figured out some of her policies were literally word-for-word Wikipedia entries.
20. Her colleague, senator Malcolm Roberts, also had a past as a "sovereign citizen" meaning he spelled his name with punctuation in it to escape the government's clutches.
21. Then there was time a petition circulated around parliament calling for changes to the Racial Discrimination Act. There was something ~similar~ about all the people who had signed on.
22. Ross Hart had a good year.
23. The "fake tradie" was this year as well. He turned out to be a real tradie.
24. The election was heaps fucking weird tbh. That guy who once allegedly flashed his wang at the ARIAs was out campaigning for the Liberal party.
26. Former PM Tony Abbott dropped into this teen's wave and the stink-eye was stunning.
27. This seemed like a good idea at the time.
28. Environment minister Greg Hunt was named "Best Minister in the World".
Yes, that Greg Hunt.
29. An MP was harassed by "Bronies" when he took a My Little Pony into parliament.
30. Billionaire Clive Palmer was caught counting his money in parliament.
So he also became a meme.
32. Some protesters literally glued themselves to parliament.
35. A former rugby league player turned senator was so shitty at the food offered at the PM's house he went for a Macca's run.
36. Malcolm Turnbull cold-called president-elect Donald Trump by getting his phone number through champion golfer Greg Norman.
37. This happened.
38. Turnbull also met with Ludacris. So many questions.
39. Pokémon GO was fucking huge for a while. Of course the whole of Parliament House was infested by zubats.
40. Oh FFS.
41. Independent MP Bob Katter made an ad that implied he shot two people with a gun... in the same week as the Orlando nightclub massacre.
42. This little kid trolled the hell out of the PM.
43. The census went into a full scale meltdown, but not before Malcolm Turnbull tweeted about how easy it was.
45. Government MP Dennis Jensen wrote some fantasy war erotica.
46. Liberal candidate Chris Jermyn had a really bad election campaign, which wasn't helped when his Facebook complaints about Dominos from 2013 re-surfaced.
47. Victorian MP Steve Herbert was forced to resign after it was revealed he had used his ministerial car to transport his little dogs.
48. The Senate had a "sleepover".
49. And it nearly killed us.
50. Government MP Wyatt Roy lost his job. So naturally he showed up on the ISIS frontlines in Iraq.
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