Search engine giant Google has released Australians’ most popular searches of 2016, and it turns out we are a politically interested bunch. The US election was our No. 1 search, followed by the Olympics and then the census. We didn’t care so much about our own election; it didn’t make it to the top 10 of either normal searches or news searches. Pauline Hanson was our mostly highly searched politician, coming in fourth on the list of most searched Australians. PM Malcolm Turnbull came in at ninth. “What is a plebiscite?” was the second most searched “what is” search, behind “what is my IP address?”. “Why is Australia in Eurovision?” came in sixth on the “why is” searches — an important question, but obviously not as pressing as others like “why is there a leap day?” and “why is my internet so slow?”.

Peter Fray

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