Australian author Bryce Courtenay died in his Canberra home at the age of 79 after suffering from stomach cancer. Read moreNovember 23, 2012, 12:00 pm
After months of campaigning US President Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney to be re-elected for a second Presidential term. Read moreNovember 6, 2012, 12:00 pm
Hurricane Sandy slammed into the US east coast in late October, causing widespread damage and leaving up to 55 people dead across the US and up to 78 in the Caribbean. Read moreOctober 29, 2012, 12:00 pm
Australia won its bid for a seat on the UN Security Council on 19 October, receiving 140 votes at the UN headquarters in New York. Read moreOctober 19, 2012, 12:00 pm
On October 14 adventurer Felix Baumgartner made history after successfully landing a record free-fall jump from the edge of space back to Earth. Read moreOctober 14, 2012, 12:00 pm
Following months of parliamentary name-calling and mockery between Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, the PM struck back on October 9, calling Mr Abbott a misogynist. Read moreOctober 9, 2012, 12:00 pm
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After months of speculation Apple announced the sixth generation of their popular iPhone handset on September 13. Read moreSeptember 13, 2012, 12:00 pm
Port Adelaide footballer John McCarthy's death on September 10, while on an end-of-season footy trip, shocked the sporting world. Read moreSeptember 10, 2012, 12:00 pm
In one of Australia's darkest days since the Vietnam War, five Australian soldiers were killed in two separate incidents in Afghanistan on August 30. Read moreAugust 30, 2012, 12:00 pm
Prince Harry suffered his very own nude photo scandal following a wild weekend in August while partying with friends in Sin City. Read moreAugust 22, 2012, 12:00 pm
The long-running saga of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange took a new twist in August with the Ecuadorian Embassy in London granting the 41-year-old asylum. Read moreAugust 16, 2012, 12:00 pm
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Scientists around the world celebrated the confirmed existence of the Higgs Boson, known as the 'God particle' following a 48 year search. Read moreJuly 4, 2012, 12:00 pm
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Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Diamond Jubilee, marking her 60th year as reigning monarch of the British Empire and its Commonwealth. Read moreJune 2, 2012, 12:00 pm
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A report filed by Fair Work Australia found that MP Craig Thomson had used Health Services Union funds to procure prostitutes and to advance his political career. Read moreMay 7, 2012, 12:00 pm
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Matthew Newton is facing charges in the US after allegedly assaulting a hotel desk clerk in Miami. Read moreApril 24, 2012, 12:00 pm
Greens leader Bob Brown announced his resignation from politics after 16 years in the Senate. Read moreApril 13, 2012, 12:00 pm
The Liberal National Party won a historic landslide victory over the Labor Party in the 2012 Queensland elections. Read moreMarch 24, 2012, 12:00 pm
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Entertainment icon Dame Edna Everage announced her retirement from the stage after a 56-year run in the public eye. Read moreMarch 18, 2012, 12:00 pm
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Japan marked the one year anniversary of the horrific disasters that hit the nation in March 2011. Read moreMarch 11, 2012, 12:00 pm
A US solider went on a shooting spree in Afghanistan, killing 17 Afghani civilians in their homes in the middle of the night. Read moreMarch 11, 2012, 12:00 pm
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Channel 10 show The Circle, came under fire after two panellists made insulting comments at the expense of Victoria Cross recipient, Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith. Read moreFebruary 28, 2012, 12:00 pm
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After months of speculation, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd announced his resignation in a surprise press conference. Read moreFebruary 22, 2012, 12:00 pm
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Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott were rushed to safety when protesters surrounded them at a restaurant in Canberra on Australia Day. Read moreJanuary 26, 2012, 12:00 pm
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Australia won its bid for a seat on the UN Security Council on 19 October, receiving 140 votes at the UN headquarters in New York.
Requiring only 129 votes, Australia, alongside Argentina and Rwanda were elected in the first ballot round, with Luxembourg and South Korea claiming the remaining seats in the second round.
Australia will hold the non-permanent seat for two years, commencing in early 2013. Ten other countries hold such seats, with only Britain, the US, China, France and Russia holding permanent memberships.
Foreign Minister Bob Carr said that the win reflects the major respect the international community has for Australia. "The vote endorses Australia as a good global citizen," he said.
Mr Carr also revealed that the bid cost $25 million over five years, and stated that the money would not have been a waste even if Australia had lost.
"If we had lost I would have argued that that was money well spent because it brought diplomats at the UN, over 100 UN ambassadors to Australia, who saw our multiculturalism, the sophistication and competitiveness of our economy and the impressive style of Australian cities, and had a different image of our country as a result," he said.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard thanked her predecessor, Kevin Rudd, for his significant role in securing the seat, having started the bid in 2008 as Prime Minister.
"I would like to thanks Kevin Rudd for having the foresight as Prime Minister to put our name forward and to commence the bid process, and then to pursue it energetically as Minister for Foreign Affairs," Ms Gillard said.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott welcomed the win. "A win's a win. Let's hope we put the next two years on the Security Council to good use," he said.
The last time Australia secured a seat on the Security Council was in 1986, under the Hawke Government.
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