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This Is What Australia Looked Like 20 Years Ago

White old man in power, Home and Away winning Logies... wait not much has changed.

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1. We started off the year with Paul Keating as PM, but John Howard took over in March.

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2. Howard announced new gun control measures after the Port Arthur Massacre in April.

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3. Ray Martin won the Gold Logie.

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4. Kate Ceberano performed at the event.

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5. The Most Popular Series Logie went to Home And Away.

Some things never change.
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Some things never change.

6. Speaking of Home and Away, 1996 was the year they tragically ripped apart everyone's '90s OTP.

RIP Shane.
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RIP Shane.

7. And the opening credits looked like this:

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8. Meanwhile on Neighbours, there was Toadie... who looked like this:

9. The "Macarena" topped the Aria charts for the year.

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10. Savage Garden released their debut single "I Want You".

With the iconic "chic-a-cherry-cola" line.
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With the iconic "chic-a-cherry-cola" line.

11. The Wiggles released their sixth album Wake Up Jeff.

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12. Aussie singer Gina G represented the UK at Eurovision with hit song "Ooh, Ahh...Just A Little Bit."

13. The Spice Girls released their first single "Wannabe" which hit No. 1 on the Aria charts.


14. Peter Andre was releasing music.

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15. Shine, starring Geoffrey Rush, was released.

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16. Cathy Freeman won her first Olympic medal.

Freeman took out the silver medal in the 400m.
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Freeman took out the silver medal in the 400m.

17. Sri Lanka won the cricket world cup.

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18. Tamagotchis made their way into the world.

19. And TV Hits magazine looked a little like this:

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