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16 | drinks yearbook Global warming On December 15 Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced plans to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by five per cent but he was criticised by the Australian Greens for not going far enough in his policy to address climate change. Gaza War Israel attacked Palestine on 27 December, starting the Gaza War. Obama’s inauguration On January 20 2009, Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America, making history by becoming the first ever African American president. Crowds flocked to the US capital of Washington to watch the inauguration, which became one of the most watched events around the globe in history. Bushfires in Victoria Victoria experienced its deadliest bushfi res when a series of at least 400 individual fi res were recorded on Saturday, 7 February 2009 – which came to be known as ‘Black Saturday’. In the devastating blaze, 173 people lost their lives, prompting an outpouring of community assistance and relief efforts from both powerful and everyday Australians. Global Financial Crisis (GFC) Prime Minister Kevin Rudd published an essay on the global financial crisis in the February issue of the Monthly magazine, offering his analysis of the GFC, which was described at the time to be the worst economic collapse since The Great Depression of the 1930s. Rudd stated that global equity markets had lost approximately US$32 trillion in value which was equivalent to the combined GDP of the G7 countries in 2008. The world around us The top news stories from summer 08/09


drinks yearbook 2009
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