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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Years in Australia: 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Centuries: 19th century · 20th century · 21st century
Decades: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s
Years: 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989



  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 6 August – A low pressure system moving from South Australia and redeveloping off the New South Wales coast dumps a record 328 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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