When 2017 got ridiculous, Australia's best memes came to the rescue

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Politics and national affairs were at times so absurd it was enough to induce despair. But online a thousand blossoms bloomed

When Benjamin Hammond Haggerty, better known as Macklemore, booked his ticket to Australia to perform at the NRL grand final in October, he could not have known what he was in for.

The Seattle rapper – largely forgotten since his 2012 hit Thrift Shop – found himself at the centre of a national debate about the value of free speech, in which he was attacked by Tony Abbott and defended by the former PM’s daughter Frances over the politics of his song Same Love.

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