Australian politics delivered its share of “what the…” moments in 2015. Here’s why they still matter.
1. Malcolm Turnbull
Rising from the political ashes after being ousted as opposition leader in 2009, Mr Turnbull picked his moment to challenge and managed to unseat a sitting prime minister who had won a general election in a landslide.
The next election will be held within a year.
2. The Killing Season
We are now waiting for similar introspection from a number of upcoming books that detail the downfall of Tony Abbott.
A forum for public discussion quickly became a target for prime minister Tony Abbott, after the show's producers allowed terrorist sympathiser Zaky Mallah to ask a question about proposed citizenship-stripping legislation.
Tony Abbott wasn't all too happy with the exchange that followed, labelling the show a "lefty lynch mob" and temporarily banning his MPs from appearing on the program. A review into the incident is ongoing, and the program will become part of the ABC News division in the new year for greater editorial control.
4. Pistol and Boo
Johnny Depp sneaked his pet dogs into Australia and caused an international incident.
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce led the charge to ensure the dogs were sent back to the US bywarning they would be put down if they stayed. There may yet be untold consequences for Johnny Depp's future engagement with the Australian film industry.