Looking Back Over Last Year

19:22' 11-01-2018
Australia had its third warmest year on record.

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    The State

    • Victoria’s economic growth was greater than expected.

    • ABS figures showed employment growth was the best in the nation.

    • Forty dangerous rail crossings were upgraded, with a further 37 expected to be complete by the end of this year.

    • Nearly a third of Victoria's red light and speed cameras were infected with a software virus, causing police to withdraw up to 8,000 fines.

    • In November Victoria became the first state to pass an “assisted dying” bill, allowing euthanasia.

    • The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, a group set up in Victoria several years ago, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

    • Six people died and more than 30 were injured in January when James (Dimitrious) Gargasoulas, 26, drove a car into pedestrians in Bourke Street mall.

    • 255 people lost their lives on Victorian roads, 35 less than in 2016.

    The Nation

    • A key political event was the passing of Same Sex Marriage (SSM) legislation in December, following a voluntary postal opinion poll in which over 60% of Australians voted in support.

    • The 457 visa, allowing businesses to bring in skilled foreign workers to fill labour shortages, was replaced with two new temporary visas.

    • Calls grew for a national ban on single-use plastic bags, after Coles and Woolworths announced they would phase out the bags within 12 months.

    • In July two Greens Senators were forced to resign from Parliament because they had dual citizenship. Over the next few months the eligibility of more than a dozen other Parliamentarians came into question.

    • Auto manufacturing in Australia ended in October, when Toyota in Victoria and Holden in SA both closed.

    • A Royal Commission into misconduct in the banking, superannuation and financial services industry was established.

    • Australia joined the UN Human Rights Council, and closed the Manus Island refugee detention centre.

    The World

    • From February, North Korea test-fired nearly 20 medium-range ballistic missiles, twice overshooting Japan. The tests led to an ongoing war of words and mutual threats of annihilation between North Korean President Kim Jong-un and new US president Donald Trump.

    • US-backed Syrian democratic forces liberated the Syrian city of Raqqa, after more than four years of Islamic State rule.

    • The Mindanao city of Marawi, in the Philippines, was seized by Islamic militants in May, and freed only after a five month siege by Philippine and US troops.

    • Terrorists used vehicles as a weapon against pedestrians in the cities of Stockholm and Barcelona, and twice in London.

    • In May a homemade bomb was detonated as people were leaving a concert by the American singer Ariana Grande in Manchester, killing 23 people and injuring over 500.

    Science

    • In April, the space probe Cassini ended its 20 year space mission to Saturn and its rings, plunging into the planet's depths after 22 orbits.

    • In December, the world's biggest lithium ion battery was launched in South Australia.

    Health

    • Australia's first medicinal cannabis crop was grown at a secret commercial facility.

    • More than 217,000 Australians had laboratory confirmed cases of the flu, more than double the previous record. The virus killed 546 people nationally, mainly the elderly.

    • A number of car manufacturers were forced to recall Takata airbags, because of the risk they would explode, firing deadly shrapnel at the driver and passengers.

    • Goondiwindi cotton farm was the centre of a major criminal probe into the suspected fraudulent misuse of Murray-Darling Basin funds. In November, parents downstream reported toxic water made their children sick.

    Weather

    • Australia had its third warmest year on record.

    • Parts of Victoria suffered from subzero temperatures in the winter.

    • Tropical Cyclone Debbie hung around the coastline of Queensland for two weeks from late March, with windspeeds of 260 kph, also affecting northern NSW. Tourist resorts Daydream and Hayman Islands were forced to close for months.

    • Beijing and other northern Chinese cities suffered so badly from smog around the New Year that the government introduced new measures to cut back the use of coal and monitor vehicles with poor emission.

    • Hurricane Maria, from mid September to early October, was the worst natural disaster on record in Dominica and Puerto Rico.Winds up to 280 kph caused catastrophic damage, leading to more than 547 fatalities.

    • Fires devastated Los Angeles in December.

    Sport

    • The AFL made history in May, when Port Adelaide and the Gold Coast Suns competed for premiership points at a specially built stadium in Shanghai. Ports won with 110 points to Gold Coasts’s 38.

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