Who made the news in 2012


11 - NICK McKIM: Comparing Tasmanian forestry protesters to Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela didn't resonate with everyone as the Tasmanian Greens leader and Education Minister saw the popularity of his party take a dip in EMRS polling in November.

12 - RACHAEL TAYLOR: The roller-coaster ride continued for the former Riverside High School student as her latest US series 666 Park Avenue was cancelled after one season. But there was work at home, and she presented the award for the best television movie or miniseries at this year's Emmys.

13 - RODNEY CROOME: There was jubilation when same- sex marriage legislation was passed in Tasmania's House of Assembly and great disappointment when the bill was defeated in the Legislative Council. For the long-time Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group campaigner it was a fight he pledged to continue.

14 - GEORGE BAILEY: In a remarkable achievement, the Launceston-born cricketer made his international Twenty20 debut as the captain of the Australian team in January against India. Then he led the Aussies to the semi-finals of the Twenty20 World Cup in Colombo.

15 - CHRISTINE MILNE: The heroine of Wesley Vale took over the parliamentary leadership of the Australian Greens with the retirement of Bob Brown and promised not to change the party's philosophy, views and direction. She said she wouldn't be as prominent a leader as her predecessor.

16 - WILL HODGMAN: EMRS polling in November confirmed that Australia's longest-serving Opposition Leader was still leading the most popular political party in Tasmania, and was the preferred premier for 47 per cent of respondents.

17 - PRINCESS MARY: The Tasmanian-born Crown Princess of Denmark unveiled her portrait at the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle north of Copenhagen. The painting was by Danish-born artist Gugger Petter, whose portrait of US President Barack Obama will hang nearby. Among the royal mother-of-four's official duties for the year were Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee celebrations.

18 - BRYAN GREEN: The Tasmanian deputy premier was the centre of bitter recriminations over the restructuring of Forestry Tasmania and the government's performance on the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement. He also had to defend his performance as Planning Minister and claims the Greens were having too much influence over government decisions.

19 - TODD HODGETTS: The 24-year-old Launceston athlete produced one of the more memorable celebrations of the Paralympics, entertaining an 80,000 people full-house at the Olympic Stadium after a world record throw won him the F20 shot put gold medal. He was quick to set his sights on the Rio Games in 2016

20 - ROBERT DOBRZYNSKI: The Launceston City Council general manager launched a scathing attack on a local government report recommending Tasmanian councils should share services instead of merging. He said the major impediments to Launceston's economic development was the number of councils in the region.


21-TERRY EDWARDS: The face of forestry.

22- VICA BAYLEY: Wilderness spokesman.

23 - MARCOS AMBROSE: Racing car driver.

24- DAVID WALSH: Art entrepreneur.

25- KATE HORNSEY: Silver medallist.

26- GRANT BIRCHALL: All-Australian team.

27- PETER WHISH-WILSON: Greens senator.

28 - KEN JEFFREYS: Made redundant.

29- MICHELLE O'BYRNE: Budget problems.

30- JONATHAN WEST: Forestry report.

31- RODNEY POPLE: Award-winning artist.

32- ALAN BIRCHMORE: Silt success.

33- RICHIE PORTE: Tour de France cyclist.

34- BOB GORDON: Forestry Tasmania chief.

35- RUTH FORREST: Legislative Councillor.

36 - GREG L'ESTRANGE: Gunns demise.

37 - MIRANDA GIBSON: Tree-sitting record.

38-  ROBERT PENNICOTT: Award nominee.

39- SHANE GOULD: University graduate.

40- JACK RIEWOLDT: Leading goal kicker

41- JEREMY BALL: Deputy mayor.

42- DYLAN YEANDLE: TV talent show.

43-TIM DEAVIN: Olympic birthday.

44- ROBIN LOHREY: Theatre stalwart.

45- PETER GUTWEIN: Plenty to speak about.

46- BRAD GREEN: Demon retiree.

47- LILLY CHUGG: Kidney disease awareness.

48-DERRY McCORMACK: Terrible accident.

49-  MATTHEW WADE: Australian wicketkeeper.

50- SIMON OVERLAND: Appointment.  Leg 2


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