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As 1997 dawned on Perth, as we
wiped the sleep from our eyes and
shook the hangovers from our
heads, maybe we lay in bed just a
few minutes longer than usual to
consider the world around us and the year ahead.
We didn't know it then, but it turned out to be
quite a year.
This was John Howard's first new year as Prime
Minister, while in WA Richard Court had been
premier since 1993. In Canberra, Pauline Hanson
had hijacked the political debate and we may well
have spent the previous evening earnestly discuss-
ing her popularity. John Howard had sparked up
the history wars with his opinions on the "black
armband" view of history.
But if politics was not your bag, you will surely
remember having a discussion with someone about
spending good Aussie money rescuing foolhardy
foreign adventurers when lone English yachtsman
Tony Bullimore was plucked from the Southern
Ocean a few days into the new year.
This was also the year British scientists worked
out the relationship between mad cow disease and
humans and first introduced us to Dolly the cloned
sheep. If you were listening carefully, this was the
first time you might have heard the words "Kyoto
Protocol" which was first adopted by a UN
committee in December 1997.
Tasmania became the last state to decriminalise
homosexuality and in the Republic of Ireland,
divorce became legal. Harry Potter was first pub-
lished in the UK, while in Australia we were being
charmed at the cinema by The Castle.
July 1997 brought the terrible landslide disaster
in Thredbo that killed 18 people, riveting us to
our television screens through the desperate search
for survivors and the triumphant rescue of sole
survivor, Stuart Diver.
The comet Hale-Bopp generally underwhelmed
us on its much-vaunted swing past our part of the
solar system. In May, Tony Blair, at the helm of
the New Labour party, swept to power in the UK
introducing us to "Cool Britannia".
Scotland voted to have its own parliament and
in July 1997 Hong Kong was handed back to
China. US President Bill Clinton was sworn in to
his second term of office and the next year became
tyle leaders • men’s passions • festival fun • perfect picnics
summer sparklings • cinema with the stars • cool jazz...
This summer Scoop magazine
celebrates 50 editions. Since
mid-1997, Scoop has charted the
course of our lives in Western
Australia, bringing you all the
entertainment, people, fashion,
food news and opinion that this
great state has to offer. It hasn't
always been easy, it has often
been stressful, but it has always
been rewarding and -- mostly --
fun. Here we take a look back
over Scoop's illustrious history.
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