2008 in Australia

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2008 in Australia
Monarchy Elizabeth II
Governor-General Michael Jeffery, then Quentin Bryce
Prime minister Kevin Rudd
Elections NT, WA, ACT


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Centuries: 20th century · 21st century · 22nd century
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Years: 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

Incumbents[edit]

Premiers and Chief Ministers[edit]

Governors and Administrators[edit]

Events[edit]

Entire Year[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

  • 8 February – A controversial plan to deepen Melbourne's shipping channels by dredging Port Phillip Bay begins.[9]
  • 13 February – An apology containing the word "sorry" is made by Kevin Rudd to Indigenous Australians for the stolen generation as the first order of business of the new Parliament.[10]
  • 22 February – Parliament descends into chaos with opposition frontbenchers ejected, question time suspended and speakers unable to control the house. A cardboard cut-out of the Prime Minister is bought into the parliament by opposition members angry about sitting time on a Friday.[11]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

  • 15 December – Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announces that Australia will cut its greenhouse gas emissions by five per cent of 2000 levels by the year 2020, with an option to reduce by 15 per cent if other developing countries take similar action. The announcement is criticised by the Australian Greens and environmental groups as not going far enough.[37]

Arts and literature[edit]

Arts and literature award winners[edit]

Science and technology[edit]

Film[edit]

Television[edit]

Sport[edit]

Births[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Appointment of New Administrator for Norfolk Island[dead link], Minister for Home Affairs (Australia), 19 September 2008.
  2. ^ 2008 – Year of the Scout, Scouts Australia.
  3. ^ [1][dead link], Queensland Education.
  4. ^ Historic flight lands in Antarctica, The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 January 2008.
  5. ^ Darby, Andrew: Whale activists 'captured', The Age, 16 January 2008.
  6. ^ Police Use Pepper Spray on Fans at Australian Open After Racial Slur Allegations, Fox News Channel, 16 January 2008.
  7. ^ Winery owner killed in blast, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 17 January 2008.
  8. ^ ACP Magazines announces closure of The Bulletin magazine, The Bulletin (via ninemsn), 24 January 2008.
  9. ^ Shanahan, Leo: Paddling protesters challenge dredger, The Age, 8 February 2008.
  10. ^ "Rudd: We say sorry". ABC News Online (ABC). 13 February 2008. Archived from the original on 20 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-13. 
  11. ^ "Cardboard Rudd sparks uproar in Parliament". ABC News Online (ABC). 22 February 2008. Archived from the original on 25 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-22. 
  12. ^ Record heatwave in SA[dead link], Sky News, 12 March 2008.
  13. ^ Dart, Jonathan: Orkopoulos found guilty, The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 March 2008.
  14. ^ Sydney located: report, The Age, 17 March 2008.
  15. ^ $1bn Murray breakthrough, The Age, 27 March 2008.
  16. ^ Authorities probe Opes Prime collapse, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 31 March 2008.
  17. ^ Mitsubishi to close SA plant in March[dead link], Australian Associated Press (via Yahoo!7), 5 February 2008
  18. ^ Schneiders, Ben: At the third stroke it will be one hour ago, The Age, 31 March 2008.
  19. ^ David Hicks free to talk, The Age, 30 March 2008.
  20. ^ Melbourne taxi drivers end blockade, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 30 April 2008.
  21. ^ Five killed in late-night Sydney Harbour boat crash, The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 May 2008.
  22. ^ Mokbel lands in Melbourne, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 17 May 2008.
  23. ^ Darby, Andrew: Tasmanian premier Lennon announces resignation, The Age, 26 May 2008.
  24. ^ Camden Council opposes Islamic school development, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 27 May 2008.
  25. ^ Australia withdraws troops from Iraq, Reuters, 1 June 2008.
  26. ^ Gas plant explosion exposes State's vulnerability[dead link], The West Australian, 4 June 2008.
  27. ^ "Club offers apology after NSW MP flags legal action". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  28. ^ Rudd thanks 'passionate, colourful' Democrats, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 26 June 2008.
  29. ^ Hard-core Apple fans get their fix, The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 July 2008.
  30. ^ Pope arrives in Australia[dead link], ITV, 13 July 2008.
  31. ^ Sweeping changes to mandatory detention announced, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), 29 June 2008.
  32. ^ World's biggest ecstasy bust, The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 August 2008.
  33. ^ Labor's clean sweep broken[dead link], The Australian, 14 September 2008.
  34. ^ Malcolm Turnbull wins Liberal leadership, The Age, 16 September 2008.
  35. ^ Grattan, Michelle: Rudd pressed on Bush call,The Age, 11 November 2008.
  36. ^ "SEQ Severe Thunderstorm and Microburst at The Gap". Archived from the original on 2009-09-30. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  37. ^ Rudd locks in 5pc emissions cut, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 15 December 2008.
  38. ^ Del Kathryn Barton wins Archibald, The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 March 2008.
  39. ^ Australian author wins Astrid Lindgren prize, The Age, 13 March 2008.
  40. ^ Police quiz photographer over nude shots, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 22 May 2008.
  41. ^ [2], The Age, 20 June 2008
  42. ^ [3][dead link], Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
  43. ^ First-time novelist wins Vogel prize, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 19 September 2008.
  44. ^ Aravind Adiga wins Booker prize, The Age, 15 October 2008.
  45. ^ Smile Australia, you're on Google's candid camera, The Age, 5 August 2008.
  46. ^ It's an Oscar for Eva, The Age, 26 February 2008.
  47. ^ Idato, Michael; Bibby, Paul (8 February 2008). "Not the retiring type: Martin quits Nine". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2008-02-08. 
  48. ^ Knox, David (8 February 2008). "Welcome ABC1..... bye bye ABC TV!". tvtonight.com.au. Archived from the original on 10 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-08. 
  49. ^ Underbelly blocked by murder trial judge[dead link], Herald Sun, 12 February 2008.
  50. ^ Nine downloads series ahead of TV launch[dead link], News Limited, 7 April 2008.
  51. ^ Cubby, Ben: Jack the top dancer, The Sydney Morning Herald, 28 April 2008.
  52. ^ Dubecki, Larissa: 'Home and Away' is far and away viewer favourite, The Age, 5 May 2008.
  53. ^ Ricketson, Matthew: Seven apologises for incest episode, The Age, 3 June 2008.
  54. ^ Molloy, Shannon: Big Brother reaches 'ugly' end, Brisbane Times, 21 July 2008.
  55. ^ Blooming marvellous, The Age, 24 July 2008.
  56. ^ Cricket-Australia beat India in thriller to equal world record, Reuters UK, 6 January 2008.
  57. ^ Indian tour on hold, The Age, 8 January 2008.
  58. ^ New era as Djokovic wins Aussie Open and first Grand Slam title, The Age, 28 January 2008.
  59. ^ Lynch, Michael: Night ends by smashing Qatar, The Age, 7 February 2008.
  60. ^ Jets crowned A-League champions, ABC Online, 24 February 2008.
  61. ^ A-League expansion deferred, The Age, 12 March 2008.
  62. ^ Hamilton survives the carnage, The Age, 16 March 2008.
  63. ^ Schwarzer's late save secures point for Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 26 March 2008.
  64. ^ Kewell stars as Socceroos sink Iraq, The Age, 1 June 2008.
  65. ^ Maroons clinch Origin three-peat, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2 July 2008.
  66. ^ Baum, Greg: It's Adam's eve, The Age, 23 September 2008.
  67. ^ Hawthorn pulls off grand final heist, The Age, 27 September 2008.
  68. ^ New Zealand win Rugby League World Cup, The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 November 2008.
  69. ^ Hail to the king of a dozen bold cups, The Age, 5 November 2008.
  70. ^ Skandia's skipper hails 'great job'[dead link], Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 28 December 2008.