1986 in Australia
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|1986 in Australia|
|Prime minister||Bob Hawke|
|Elections||WA, TAS, QLD|
|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|
- Queen of Australia – Elizabeth II
- Governor General – Sir Ninian Stephen
- Prime Minister – Bob Hawke
- Premier of New South Wales – Neville Wran, then Barrie Unsworth
- Premier of South Australia – John Bannon
- Premier of Queensland – Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen
- Premier of Tasmania – Robin Gray
- Premier of Western Australia – Brian Burke
- Premier of Victoria – John Cain
- Chief Minister of the Northern Territory – Ian Tuxworth, then Stephen Hatton
- 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.
Arts and literature
- 30 April – Crocodile Dundee is released in Australia. The film will go on to become a worldwide smash hit, becoming the highest grossing Australian film ever.
- The Fringe Dwellers
- 5 January – SBS ceases VHF transmissions on Channel 0 in Sydney & Melbourne.
- 20 January – Neighbours makes its debut on Network Ten & comes to dominate the 7 pm weeknight timeslot
- February – Red Symons signs to Hey Hey It's Saturday as the show launches Red Faces
- April – The Movie Show begins on SBS
- December – The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, owners of HSV-7 & ADS-7 are sold to Rupert Murdoch's News Limited for $1.8 billion. As News Limited owned ATV-10 at this time, HSV-7 is sold to Fairfax (already owners of ATN-7 & BTQ-7) in February 1987 for $320 million.
- Christopher Skase's Qintex company sells TVQ-0 to Darling Downs Television, owners of DDQ-10 in Toowoomba.
- AUSSAT satellites are launched, bringing television to remote areas for the first time.
- 16 March – Parramatta Stadium is opened. The Parramatta Eels defeat the St. George Dragons 36-6.
- 23 March – Robert de Castella is once again Australia's best finisher at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, this time staged in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He finishes in 14th place (36:10.9) in the long-distance race over 12,000 metres.
- 8 June – Stephen Austin wins the men's national marathon title, clocking 2:15:59 in Sydney, while Margaret Reddan claims the women's title in 2:48:28.
- 29 June – Last game of rugby league is played at the Sydney Sports Ground. Eastern Suburbs Roosters defeat the North Sydney Bears 21-14.
- 27 September – The Hawthorn Hawks (16.14.110) defeat the Carlton Blues (9.14.68) to win the 90th VFL premiership.
- 28 September – The Parramatta Eels defeat the Canterbury Bulldogs 4-2 in the lowest scoring grand final in history to win the 79th NSWRL premiership.
- 4 November - At Talaq wins Melbourne Cup ridden by Michael Clarke.
- Brownlow Medal awarded to Robert DiPierdomenico (Hawthorn)
- Farrier Command 10 "Aussie" was constructed and launched.
- 22 February – Joel Brunker, boxer
- 23 February - Kate Keltie, actress
- 8 March – Michelle Steele, athlete
- 20 March - Dean Geyer, actor, singer and Australian Idol (season 4) contestant
- 16 April – Bronwen Knox, water polo player
- 7 May - Mark Furze, actor and singer
- 18 July - James Sorensen, actor
- 11 August - Dean Timmins, figure skater
- 2 September - Darcy Bonser, actor
- 18 September - Eloise Mignon, actress
- 1 October - Prashanth Sellathurai, gymnast
- 31 October – Christie Hayes, actress
- 2 November – Lara Sacher, actress
- 19 November – Jessicah Schipper, swimmer
- 19 December - Gemma Pranita, actress
- 27 December – Torah Bright, snowboarder
- 21 October – Lionel Murphy (born 1922), former Attorney-General of Australia
- 7 November – Tracy Pew, bass guitarist for The Birthday Party