1982 in Australia
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|1982 in Australia|
|Governor-General||Zelman Cowen, then Ninian Stephen|
|Prime minister||Malcolm Fraser|
|Elections||SA, TAS, VIC|
|Years in Australia:||1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985|
|Centuries:||19th century · 20th century · 21st century|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s|
|Years:||1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985|
- Queen of Australia – Elizabeth II
- Governor General – Sir Zelman Cowen, then Sir Ninian Stephen.
- Prime Minister – Malcolm Fraser
- Premier of New South Wales – Neville Wran
- Premier of South Australia – David Tonkin, then John Bannon
- Premier of Queensland – Joh Bjelke-Petersen
- Premier of Tasmania – Harry Holgate, then Robin Gray
- Premier of Western Australia – Sir Charles Court, then Ray O'Connor
- Premier of Victoria – Lindsay Thompson, then John Cain II
- Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory – Post did not exist in 1982.
- Chief Minister of the Northern Territory – Paul Everingham
- 3 April – After almost 27 years in power, the Liberal/National coalition government is voted out in Victoria & is replaced by the ALP
- 11 May – High Court upholds the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 in Koowarta v Bjelke-Petersen, effectively extending Commonwealth power.
- 15 May – In the middle of the Franklin Dam dispute, the Labor government of Harry Holgate is voted out in Tasmania & replaced by the Liberal Party, led by Robin Gray.
- 12 October – Elizabeth II opens the new building of the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.
- 6 November – Elections in South Australia see the voting out of the Liberal/National coalition, led by David Tonkin & the election of the ALP, led by John Bannon
- 14 December – The Tasmanian Wilderness Society, led by Bob Brown, stages a blockade of the Franklin Dam site in Tasmania which continues into 1983. On the same day, UNESCO agrees to list the Tasmanian Wild Rivers as a World Heritage Site.
- 17 December - Random Breath Testing is introduced in NSW
- One of Australia's worst ever droughts strikes the country.
Arts and literature
- 18 January – Sons and Daughters premieres on the Seven Network.
- 28 June – The Nine Network premieres its new breakfast TV show, National News Today, which is later shortened to Today
- Nine, Seven & the ABC conduct stereo test transmissions
- The South Melbourne Swans move to Sydney & become the Sydney Swans.
- 21 March – Robert de Castella represents Australia at the tenth IAAF World Cross Country Championships, staged in Rome, Italy. He finished in tenth place (34:20.5) in the race over 11,978 metres.
- 28 March – The Newtown Jets & Canterbury Bulldogs fight out the only (to date) scoreless draw in NSWRL first grade history.
- 24 July – The Sydney Swans (13.12.90) defeat the North Melbourne Kangaroos (8.10.58) to win the VFL night premiership. It is the first major trophy for the Swans since they moved to Sydney.
- 25 July – Robert Wallace wins the his second men's national marathon title, clocking 2:16:02 in Brisbane, while Barbara McKerrow claims the women's title in 2:50:28.
- 25 September – Carlton Blues (14.19.103) defeat the Richmond Tigers (12.13.83) to win the 86th VFL premiership. It is the second consecutive premiership for Carlton & the last grand final appearance to date for Richmond.
- 26 September – Parramatta Eels defeat the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 21-8^ to win the 75th NSWRL premiership. It is their second consecutive premiership.
- 30 September – 9 October – The 1982 Commonwealth Games are held in Brisbane, Queensland
- 2 November - Gurner's Lane wins the Melbourne Cup.
- 18 December – The Kangaroos complete a tour of Great Britain & France undefeated for the first time.
^-Scored under outdated scoring system.
- 25 April – Victoria Mitchell, long-distance runner
- 25 May - Justin Hodges, rugby league footballer
- 17 July - Eve van Grafhorst, first Australian children to be infected with HIV via a blood transfusion (died 1993)
- 30 July - Yvonne Strahovski, actress
- 7 August - Abbie Cornish, actress
- 24 August - Damian Istria, gymnast
- 25 August – Nick Gill, Australian rules footballer
- 7 September - George Bailey, cricketer
- 13 October – Ian Thorpe, swimmer
- 9 November – Eloise Wellings, long-distance runner
- 13 December – Anthony Callea, singer
- 14 June – Arthur Coles, businessman and philanthropist