We still don’t know whose idea that track was, but we swear we didn’t send the film crew from A Current Affair to bail Lowe up – sorry – outside the Reserve Bank’s Sydney HQ over the song choice.
The political year started with a feeling that Anthony Albanese’s honeymoon with the voters might last forever. Jim Chalmers’ delivery of a first budget surplus in 15 years sure helped.
But after racking up frequent-flyer points, getting on the Time 100 list and repeatedly sucking-up to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Airbus Albo came crashing to earth in the second half of 2023.
The prime minister staked much on the Indigenous Voice to parliament referendum. But then Opposition Leader Peter Dutton went into full terminator mode, the internet trolls at Advance spread their merry lies, and the natural Australian inclination to oppose anything new did the rest.
And let’s not forget Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, the rookie Country Liberal senator from the Northern Territory, whose leading role in the No campaign had some naive conservatives giving her the “future prime minister” tag.
With her penchant for taxpayer-funded business class travel, she’s certainly flying like one, and it helps having Gina Rinehart as a friend.
On the sporting front, the best Ashes series since 2005 was only made better by a historic display of English sookery, lapped up by dozens of Australian pollies who showed up at Lords.