The 2019 Squiz Quiz – Aussie News
We had a little thing called the Federal Election, sure. But there were a few other things going on in Australian News as well. Ready?
1. PM Scott Morrison was afforded a fancy State Visit to the White House after his election win. What did US President Donald Trump call him?
Trump was riffing off former US President George W Bush’s characterisation of former PM John Howard as a "man of steel"… As for the ‘stable genius’ label, that’s one that Trump keeps for himself…
2. What was the most googled term in Australia in 2019?
With more than 700 homes destroyed in early bushfires this season, it's no wonder people turned to the internet to find out more.
3. Two Australians - Jolie King and Mark Firkin - were detained in Iran after being accused of doing what?
The drone flying. They were released in October. Australian-British academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert remains in detention on charges that have not been confirmed by Iran.
4. National house prices surged 1.7% in November to record what?
The biggest rise since 2003 (which, by the way, was when Guy Sebastian's 'Angels Brought Me Here' was #1...). That sound you could hear was real estate agents around the country saying “we’re back, baby”...
5. Wang Liqiang, a Chinese man who is seeking asylum in Australia, 'fessed up to being a Chinese spy and said he was involved in meddling in elections overseas. What did China say about him?
China says he's a fraudster. PM Scott Morrison said Wang's claims are being taken seriously.
6. Former PM Bob Hawke died this year at 89yo. What did his political-partner-turned-adversary Paul Keating say about him?
Trust, of course. Delivering a eulogy at Hawke’s memorial service, Keating underlined the long and productive relationship they shared (pre-challenge, presumably...).
7. Who is standing trial in Perth for the Claremont serial murders that were committed in the 90s?
Bradley Edwards. The former Telstra technician accused of murdering three young women - Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon. The others are convicted killers from 2019’s high-profile cases in Melbourne.
8. Australian Lucas Fowler, his partner Chynna Deese and academic Leonard Dyck were killed by two Canadian teens. In a video recording that was found, what did killers Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod say about their reasons for the murders?
No clear motive was articulated in the videos, police said. They did, however, confess to all three murders. But they expressed no remorse and vowed to kill others.
9. A problem with our pineapple was discovered this year. You know, the $50 note. What was the issue?
For a mob that had problems spelling the word ‘responsibility’, the Reserve Bank owned up to the error and vowed to fix it ASAP.
10. Australia joined a coalition of international forces to ensure the Strait of Hormuz remains open to shipping as things between the US and Iran heated up. What did we contribute?
A warship, surveillance aircraft and Defence Force personnel. "Australia's core interest in this mission is de-escalation,” said Defence Minister Linda Reynolds.
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