1972 in Australia
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|1972 in Australia|
|Prime minister||William McMahon, then Gough Whitlam|
|Elections||Federal, TAS, QLD|
|Years in Australia:||1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975|
|Centuries:||19th century · 20th century · 21st century|
|Decades:||1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Years:||1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975|
- Queen of Australia – Elizabeth II
- Governor General – Sir Paul Hasluck
- Prime Minister – William McMahon, then Gough Whitlam
- Premier of New South Wales – Sir Robert Askin
- Premier of South Australia – Don Dunstan
- Premier of Queensland – Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen
- Premier of Tasmania – Angus Bethune, then Eric Reece
- Premier of Western Australia – John Tonkin
- Premier of Victoria – Sir Henry Bolte, then Rupert Hamer
- Chief Minister of the Northern Territory – Marshall Perron
- 26 January- Aboriginal Tent Embassy was constructed in front of Parliament House (now old Parliament House). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aboriginal_Tent_Embassy
- 10 May – Law professor George Duncan is drowned in the Torrens River, Adelaide. Police establish that his death was a homophobic-related murder.
- 3 June – Douglas Nicholls becomes the first Indigenous Australian to be knighted.
- 29 July – Kerry Anne Wells earned Australia's first Miss Universe crown, in Dorado, Puerto Rico.
- 6 October – Faraday School kidnapping – six pupils and their teacher are kidnapped for $1 million ransom in Victoria.
- 15 November – First aircraft hijacking in Australia. Ansett Airlines flight 232 from Adelaide to Alice Springs with 28 passengers and a crew of 4. Followed by gun battle at Alice Springs Airport.
- 1 December – Belinda Green is crowned Miss World in London, becoming the second Australian winner of this pageant. Australia won the two most important beauty contest in this year.
- 2 December – Gough Whitlam becomes Prime Minister of Australia.
- Shane Gould is announced as Australian of the Year
- The health warning, "Smoking is a Health Hazard" became compulsory on cigarette packets in Australia.
Arts and literature
- 13 March – Controversial soap opera Number 96 debuts on Network 0–10.
- 16 November – The Aunty Jack Show premieres on ABC-TV in Sydney.
- 16 September – Bernard Vine wins the men's national marathon title, clocking 2:28:21 in Richmond, Australia.
- In the 1972 NSWRFL season's premiership final Manly-Warringah defeat Eastern Suburbs
- In the Bulimba Cup final Brisbane defeat Toowoomba 55-2 at Lang Park
- Piping Lane wins the Melbourne Cup
- Western Australia wins the Sheffield Shield
- American Eagle takes line and handicap honours in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
- Shane Gould wins 3 gold medals for swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich
- Australia draws Ashes Cricket Test Series 2-2 with England
- 5 February – Brad Fittler, rugby league footballer and coach
- 6 February – Mark Ladbrook, track and field sprinter
- 11 March – Adam Bandt, politician
- 25 March – Nina Bonner, field hockey goalkeeper
- 8 April – Katrina Powell, field hockey player
- 30 May – Renita Farrell, field hockey player
- 19 June – Poppy Montgomery, actress
- 24 June – Robbie McEwen, cyclist
- 24 June – Ian Rutledge, field hockey coach
- 30 June – Stuart Rendell, hammer thrower
- 12 August – Allison Tranquilli, basketball player
- 1 September – Louise Dobson, field hockey player
- 20 September – Jenny Morris, field hockey player
- 11 October – Claudia Black, actress
- 1 November – Toni Collette, actress
- 7 November – Melissa Bell, actress
- 13 November – Samantha Riley, swimmer
- 13 December - Christian Boyd, musician
- 22 December – Anthony Edwards, rower
- 28 December – Patrick Rafter, tennis player
- 30 December – Jamie Aaron, philanthropist
- 7 July – Owen Dixon (born 1886), former Chief Justice of Australia
- 21 August – Ernestine Hill (born 1899), author