1986 in Australia

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1986 in Australia
Monarchy Elizabeth II
Governor-General Ninian Stephen
Prime minister Bob Hawke
Population 16,018,310
Elections WA, TAS, QLD
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  • 2 January - A state funeral is held for former Governor of Victoria Sir Henry Winecke at St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne.
  • 3 January - Federal Opposition Leader John Howard introduces a four point plan to reduce interest rates.
  • 4 January - A tanker driver is killed instantly when his truck overturns in Aspen, New South Wales, releasing clouds of nitrogen gas.
  • 5 January - Actress Lauren Bacall arrives in Sydney to star in the play 'Sweet Bird of Youth'
  • 2 February – Nurse Anita Cobby is abducted, robbed, raped and murdered by John Travers, Michael Murdoch, and Lesile, Gary and Micheal Murphy at Prospect in Sydney (all 5 men are sentenced to life imprisonment without parole, June 1987).
  • 8 February – Elections in Western Australia & Tasmania see the re-election of the ALP in WA & the Liberal Party in Tasmania.
    • Post-mortem results support the claim of the sister of Sally Anne Huckstep that she was murdered.
    • Dire Straits makes history in Tasmania by drawing the state's biggest audience ever for an open-air concert.
  • 9 February - Lindy Chamberlain is released from prison in Darwin.
    • More than 100 bushfires burn across the state of Victoria.
  • 27 March – Russell Street Bombing takes place at the headquarters of the Victorian Police in Melbourne. A police constable is killed.
  • 4 July – After 10 years in power, Neville Wran resigns as Premier of New South Wales & is replaced by Barrie Unsworth.
  • 7 July – Barlow & Chambers are executed at Malaysia's Pudu Prison for drug trafficking. Prime Minister Hawke condemns the move as 'barbaric'.
  • 16 July – An explosion at Moura No. 4 mine in Moura, Queensland kills 12 people.
  • 25 July - An unusual dry cold change sweeps through south-eastern Australia, bringing snow to Hobart and isolating the city until midday. Canberra also receives snow during the early afternoon with reports of snow also occurring in the suburbs of Melbourne and Sydney.
  • 6 August – A low pressure system moving from South Australia and redeveloping off the New South Wales coast dumps a record 327.6 millimetres of rain in a day on Sydney. Resulting floods kill 6 people.
  • 9 August – Sydney schoolgirl Samantha Knight disappears in Bondi, Sydney.
  • 1 November – Joh Bjelke-Petersen wins his final election as Premier of Queensland with his party, the National Party gaining 38.6% of the vote.

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