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15 Aussie Moments That Restored Your Faith In Humanity In 2015

So many feelings.

1. Carrie Bickmore's speech at the Logies.


Carrie Bickmore gave a touching speech after winning the Gold Logie, pulling on a beanie to raise awareness for brain cancer, after her husband Greg lost his battle to the disease in 2010.

"He was a great dad, he was a great husband, he was a great brother and he was a great friend, but he shouldn’t have had to go through that, no one should have to go through that. And that’s why I want to raise awareness about it tonight."

2. The launch of "Project Pouch" for the kangaroos, possums and wallabies who were injured in the bushfires...

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In January, The International Fund for Animal Welfare launched "Project Pouch" an initiative to help injured kangaroos, possums and wallabies that were affected by injuries in the South Australian bushfires. The pouches acted as a mimic to the pouches of kangaroo mothers, as an environment for the injured babies to recover in.

3. ...and the mittens for koalas also suffering.

After also being affected by bushfires earlier in the year, koalas were being given special mittens to to help with their burned paws.

4. Clare Bowen's amazing Facebook post about her hair.

Actor and Nashville star Clare Bowen gave a powerful reason for cutting off her long locks recently. Posting a photo of her new 'do on Facebook, Bowen explained the reasoning behind her decision. "I was really inspired when I heard a story about a little girl who said she couldn't be a princess because she didn't have long hair, and I wanted her, and others like her to know that's not what makes a princess, or a warrior, or a superhero." Bowen herself, fought cancer when she was a child.

5. And Miranda Tapsell's passionate plea to Australian television.


Miranda Tapsell had the audience cheering when she used her Logie win to highlight the lack of diversity on Australian TV.

6. Rosie Batty winning Australian of the Year.

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In a bittersweet moment, Rosie Batty was awarded Australian of the Year in January. Since then, she's continued on her path passionately fighting for the protection of women and children against domestic violence.

7. The emotion behind the #LoveWins hashtag.

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It was with mixed emotions that many Aussies celebrated the legalisation of same-sex marriage in the U.S. With the hashtag #LoveWins quick to take over social media and show many touching and beautiful moments, it only once again highlighted how far behind Australia is.

8. The #LightTheDark protest.

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Tens of thousands of Aussies attended candelight vigils across the country in support of refugees and to voices to pressure Australia into accepting more people fleeing the war in Syria.

9. Bindi Irwin's tribute to Steve on Dancing With The Stars.


Bindi Irwin danced up a storm on the U.S. version of Dancing With The Stars, and included some touching tributes to late dad Steve Irwin.

10. Sam Frost finally finding her happiness on The Bachelorette.


Australia's hearts melted when Sam Frost tearily confessed her love for Sasha Mielczarek, finally finding her happy ending.

11. The Bachelor's Sam Wood proposing to Snezana Markoski.

Sam Wood found love with single mum Snezana Markoski on the third series of The Bachelor Australia, and their story has been a fairytale ever since.

12. North Queensland Cowboys winning the NRL Grand Final in the golden point.

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In a nail-biting moment in the Cowboys vs. Broncos grand final, Johnathan Thurston missed the conversion goal from the sideline needed to claim the match - only to lead his team to golden point victory with a field goal.

13. And Jonathan Thurston's celebrations with his family.

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14. Michelle Payne's Melbourne Cup victory.

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Michelle Payne made history this year, becoming the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. If that wasn't enough, she also said this stellar quote after her win: “I want to say to everyone else, get stuffed, because women can do anything and we can beat the world.”

15. And the 12-year-old who met her idol Taylor Swift, before she lost her hearing.

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Jorja's twin sister set up a Facebook page in the hopes of getting Taylor's attention so that Jorja could meet her idol before she loses all her hearing. Thankfully it all worked out, with Jorja getting the chance to attend Swift's Sydney concert as well as meet the woman herself.

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