Notable events in 2017

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SAME LOVE: Phoebe Smith (left) and partner Meg Archibald told the Chronicle in November that they were relieved the majority of Australians voted to support same sex marriage. PHOTO: Emma Hillier

THE past 12 months have produced a number or notable world events, from natural disasters to Hollywood scandals.

The year was also marked by major international politics, with US president Donald Trump pulling out of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the United Kingdom navigating its way through Brexit, the split from the European Union its citizens had voted for in mid-2016.

Australia joined the long list of countries to legalise same sex marriage after the controversial survey returned a majority ‘yes’ vote in November.

The law was passed in early December and same-sex couples without special exemptions, and who filled out the notice of intention to marry form the required one month in advance, will be able to marry from January 9, 2018.

Hollywood was rocked in October, with accusations of sexual harassment being levelled at dozens of celebrities following a New York Times special investigation into accusations against producer Harvey Weinstein.

There have since been dozens of accusations levelled at male celebrities around the world, while the hashtag #MeToo went viral on Twitter as people around the world unveiled the magnitude of sexual assault, which often goes unacknowledged.

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