It's been a big year. The federal election threw Labor out of power and brought the arrival of the enigmatic parliamentary force that is Clive Palmer, while internationally there's been a focus on how governments spy on people. New leaders in Iran and the Vatican have ushered in change welcomed by many. And the year has posted its share of whopping mistakes, trials and tragedies, from celebrity twerkers to inappropriately "supplemented" AFL footballers and Tea Party warriors intent on grinding the US economy to a halt.