Flashback Friday – 2013

It was the year we decided on three different Prime Ministers, Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott all had a shot at being Australia’s top dog, but let’s look at other big things that happened in 2013:

4–20 January – A heat wave in south-eastern Australia results in several bushfires in Tasmania.

24 February – Severe flooding occurs in Northern New South Wales, as well as a severe damage in Sydney's south-west, leaving many homes without power.

30 March – The Murrawarri Republic declares its independence from the Commonwealth of Australia.

17 April – Australia's greatest racing horse since Phar Lap and one of the greatest mares in world history, Black Caviar is retired on an unbeaten record of 25 wins.

26 June – Kevin Rudd defeats Julia Gillard 57 to 45 in an Australian Labor Party leadership spill.

27 August – The Australian Football League announces sanctions against the Essendon Football Club for the club's supplements controversy including being barred from the finals series, stripped of first and second round draft picks for the next two seasons, a $2 million fine and a one-year suspension of coach James Hird.

23 November – 35-year-old man, Chris Boyd, is killed by a Great White Shark at Gracetown, off the south-west coast of Western Australia. A "catch and kill" order was issued to permit the destruction of the shark.

11 December – Car manufacturer Holden announces it will cease production of vehicles in Australia by 2017.