The Australian Government's Bureau of Meteorology recently released its Annual Australian Climate Statement 2008. This gives in summary detail about our climate over the 2008 year regarding rainfall and temperature, especially in comparison to national averages, and in comparison to the period 1900 to 2008.
It has received little attention in the Australian press so far.
The national debate about climate change is so emotionally and politically charged that lest I be accused of quoting selectively to confirm my own biases on this, I simply encourage you to read it here for yourself.
Since the actions to be taken by the Commonwealth Government on our behalf regarding the matter of climate change is likely to be one of the two most significant things this government does in the present term, we really need to be very well informed about the facts of the matter on climate change.