1980 in Australia

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1980 in Australia
Monarchy Elizabeth II
Governor-General Zelman Cowen
Prime minister Malcolm Fraser
Population 14,515,729
Elections Federal, WA, NT, QLD
Years in Australia: 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983
Centuries: 19th century · 20th century · 21st century
Decades: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s
Years: 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983

Incumbents[edit]

Premiers and Chief Ministers[edit]

Governors and administrators[edit]

Events[edit]

Unknown dates[edit]

1981 – Victoria decriminalises homosexual acts between consenting adults

Arts and literature[edit]

Film[edit]

Television[edit]

  • 17 January – Gippsland's GLV-10 becomes GLV-8. This is done so that Melbourne's ATV-0 can become ATV-10.
  • 20 January – ATV-0 becomes ATV-10. This move prompts the 0–10 Network to change its name to Network Ten, although Brisbane's TVQ-0 would continue to broadcast on Channel 0 until 1988. On the same night, Ten's new drama series Arcade premieres. It is regarded as the biggest flop in Australian television history, costing over $3 million to make and being axed after 49 episodes.
  • 17 July - Nine Network's new multi million-dollar quiz show Sale Of The Century launches, bringing in record ratings with Nine winning the 7pm timeslot.
  • 30 January – Kingswood Country debuts on the Seven Network.
  • 15 October – Mini-series "The Last Outlaw" debuts On Seven
  • 24 October – SBS commences transmission in Sydney & Melbourne on VHF Channel 0 & UHF Channel 28, becoming the first station in Australia to use UHF frequencies.

Sport[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

  • 7 January – Eddie Scarf, 71, boxer and wrestler
  • 11 November – Vince Gair, 79, Premier of Queensland (1952–1957)
  • 20 November – John McEwen, 80, 18th Prime Minister of Australia

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kerin, Lindy (23 June 2010). "First IVF baby turns 30". ABC News. Retrieved 31 March 2012.