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This Is What Was Happening In Australia In 2008

Why yes, the prime minister was a white man with grey hair.

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1. This guy was prime minister.

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2. And he became the first PM to apologise to the Indigenous people of Australia.

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3. This band was rather popular... and won Channel V's Oz Artist of the Year.

They were called Short Stack, guys. You know, in case you forgot.
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They were called Short Stack, guys. You know, in case you forgot.

4. Facebook was becoming increasingly popular, and it was normal to update your status more than once a day.

And the more song lyric updates, the better.
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And the more song lyric updates, the better.

5. Everyone at high school parties carried around a camera like this.

6. Chris Lilley performed as Mr G at the 2008 Logie awards.

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7. And for some reason Westlife were there too.

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8. Kate Ritchie won the Gold Logie, after departing Home and Away.

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9. Gabriella Cilmi won six Aria Awards.

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10. And created controversy when people thought the (then) underage singer was drunk during her acceptance speeches.

Turns out she wasn't – just jet-lagged.
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Turns out she wasn't – just jet-lagged.

11. Australia won 14 gold medals at the Bejing Olympics (and 46 medals in total).

We came in at sixth place.
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We came in at sixth place.

12. The highest-charting song on the 2008 Aria charts was Flo Rida's "Low".

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13. While Gabriella Cilmi was the only Aussie in the top 10 for the year, with "Sweet About Me".

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14. Wes Carr won Australian Idol.

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15. Margot Robbie made her debut on Neighbours.

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16. Underbelly premiered.

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17. And the film Australia was released.

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