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Voting and fires: the top searches of 2019

By AAP Newswire

Voting may be compulsory in Australia, but it appears many of us don't know how to.

Google revealed on Wednesday the most popular search terms for 2019, which took in both the federal and NSW elections.

Half of the 'how to' questions were related to politics, with 'how to vote' topping the list, followed by 'how to vote Labor 2019', 'how to vote Liberal', 'how to vote in NSW State Election' and 'how to vote early'.

'Fires near me' was the number one trending search as Australia experienced one of its worst bushfire seasons on record, while top trending news searches also included 'NSW fires,' 'Cyclone Oma' and 'Townsville flooding.'

The most popular Australian was tennis world No.1 Ash Barty, followed by former Senator Fraser Anning and Israel Folau.

Globally the biggest names were YouTube make-up blogger James Charles, 17-year-old pop star Billie Eilish and Jordyn Woods, the latest villain in the Kardashian family drama.

In fourth place was climate change activist Greta Thunberg, while Prince Andrew came 10th in the wake of a disastrous interview about his association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Marvel's blockbuster Avengers: Endgame stole not just the box office but two places in the top 10 searches.

Beyond our borders, Australians showed concern for the Amazon and asked why it was burning, tried to make sense of attacks in Christchurch and Sri Lanka and asked 'why Hong Kong is protesting'.

The rankings are based not on total searches but on what had the highest spike in traffic over a sustained period in 2019 as compared to 2018.

TOP TRENDS IN AUSTRALIA

OVERALL: Fires near me, Rugby World Cup, Cricket World Cup, Election results Australia 2019, Cameron Boyce, Thanos, Avengers Endgame, Danny Frawley, The fall of the Berlin wall, Christchurch shooting

NEWS: Election results Australia 2019, Christchurch shooting, NSW fires, Cyclone Oma, Sri Lanka, NSW election, Brexit, Townsville flooding, Royal baby, Amazon fire

SPORT: Rugby World Cup, Cricket World Cup, FIBA World Cup, Cricket Australia, Pakistan vs Australia, Ashes score, Copa America, Ashes 4th test, NRL grand final, Women's World Cup

GLOBAL FIGURES: James Charles, Billie Eilish, Jordyn Woods, Greta Thunberg, Keanu Reeves, Julian Assange, Lady Gaga, Tsitsipas, Bradley Cooper, Prince Andrew

AUSTRALIANS: Ash Barty, Fraser Anning, Israel Folau, Cody Simpson, Scott Morrison, Bill Shorten, Jack Vidgen, George Pell, Tayla Harris, Chris Lilley

DEATHS: Cameron Boyce, Danny Frawley, Luke Perry, Bob Hawke, Annalise Braakensiek, Karl Lagerfeld, Keith Flint, Doris Day, Mike Willesee, Ben Unwin

HOW TO: vote, watch Game of Thrones, vote Labor, vote Liberal, pronounce psalm, vote in NSW state election, vote early, win Powerball, opt out of my health, solve a rubix cube

WHAT IS: area 51, momo, Brexit, a VSCO girl, a boomer, keto diet, an astrophysicist, negative gearing, Diwali, vaping

WHY IS: Madonna wearing an eye patch at Eurovision, the Amazon burning, Australia Day on the 26th, the Press Club closing, Instagram not working, ASAP rocky in jail, Hong Kong protesting, Halloween celebrated, ANZAC day commemorated on 25 April, Turkey invading Syria