GST rollout features in eventful 2020

Paul Osborne
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SOME KEY EVENTS OF 2000

January

* Contrary to dire predictions of global catastrophe from the Y2K bug, nothing happened.

* A boat carrying 52 Christians fleeing from Maluku, Indonesia is intercepted off the Australian coast. That was the first of 51 boats in 2000 and 43 in 2001, an influx which would eventually lead to the Pacific Solution.

February

* It's revealed that 57 residents at a Melbourne aged care home had been given baths in diluted kerosene to cure a suspected outbreak of scabies. The scandal falls on Aged Care Minister Bronwyn Bishop, highlighting poor care standards in aged care homes.

July

* Australia get the long-anticipated goods and services tax. Despite a vast amount of preparation of the community and business, the GST still needs some bedding down.

September

* The Sydney Olympics officially open. All the hard work by officials and athletes pays off with a fortnight of sport, unmarred by any incidents and acclaimed as a stunning success. Australia wins 58 medals, in the nation's best Games result.