2015 in Australia

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2015 in Australia
Monarchy Elizabeth II
Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove
Prime minister Tony Abbott
Australian of the Year Rosie Batty
Elections QLD, NSW
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Premiers and Chief Ministers[edit]

Governors and Administrators[edit]



  • 2–9 January – Bushfires in the Adelaide Hills and the outer Adelaide metropolitan area destroy 32 houses;[1] and 125 outbuildings[2]
  • 5 January –
    • A 58-year-old grandmother, who is a person of interest in the "Morayfield House of Horrors" murder is granted bail. She is charged with four counts of attempted murder and arson. [3]
    • Luke Foley is elected unopposed as Leader of the New South Wales Labor Party. [4]
    • Sydney commuters face lengthy delays of two hours or more on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and areas of the city as George Street is shut down due to construction of the new light rail service.[5]
  • 6 January – Queensland Premier, Campbell Newman, catches the state by surprise when he announces a January 31 election date—the shortest campaign period in the state's history.
  • 8 January – Prime Minister Tony Abbott, speaking from the Adelaide Hills, outlines plans for Commonwealth recovery payments for victims of the 2015 Adelaide bushfires, amounting to $4 million. [6]
  • 9 January – Heavy rain and high winds isolate the remote community of Cape Leveque on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula in Western Australia's far north, causing rainfalls of more than 400mm – among the highest falls the region has ever seen. [7]
  • 10 January – A farewell is held at Cairns Convention Centre for the eight Cairns children who were killed in December. Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten are among the mourners.
  • 12 January – The Gold Coast is hit by a super storm cell which dumps 200mm of rain, causing flash flooding.[8]
  • 13 January – Convicted paedophile and former Queensland Labor leader Keith Wright dies in Vietnam.
  • 15 January – Federal Health Minister, Sussan Ley, announces that the proposed $20 cut to rebates for short consultations with GPs have been taken "off the table" four days before it was due to take effect.[9]
  • 19 January –
    • Brisbane swelters through its hottest night since 2004 with the lowest recorded temperature 26.6 degrees Celsius. [10]
    • Queensland Police confirm that part of a skull found near at McGregor Creek in north Queensland is that of schoolgirl Marilyn Wallman, who vanished at the age of 14 while riding to school from the Mackay suburb of Eimeo in March 1972.[11]
  • 21 January – Flooding in Emerald and other parts of Central Queensland. [12]
  • 22 January –
    • Notorious prison escapee John Killick is released from Woodford Correctional Centre in south-east Queensland. The 72-year-old is most widely known for a daring escape from prison in 1999, when his girlfriend Lucy Dudko hijacked a helicopter and helped him escape Silverwater prison in New South Wales.[13]
  • 24 January – The families of Bali Nine members Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran make a televised plea for clemency against the death penalty.
  • 25 January – Rosie Batty is announced as Australian of the Year.
  • 26 January –

Future and scheduled events[edit]

  • 14 February to 29 March – The 2015 Cricket World Cup is scheduled to be held in Australia and New Zealand.


  • 9–31 January – Soccer: The 2015 AFC Asian Cup is held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle.



  1. ^ "Emergency warnings downgraded for Victoria fires as South Australia gets rain after 32 homes gone". Adelaide Now. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Adelaide Hills bushfire: Up to 38 houses destroyed, Kersbrook worst hit". ABC News (Australia). 6 January 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "'House of horrors' grandmother freed on bail - Daily Mail Online". Mail Online. 
  4. ^ "NSW ALP leader Luke Foley: warrior of the Left who's ready to take on Baird". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  5. ^ "George Street partly closed for light rail works, 90-minute bus delays on Sydney Harbour Bridge". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  6. ^ "The World Today - PM announces bushfire payments of around $4 million 08/01/2015". abc.net.au. 
  7. ^ "PM - High rainfall in north WA surprises locals and forecasters 09/01/2015". abc.net.au. 
  8. ^ http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/lifestyle/gold-coast-massive-drenching-with-more-than-200mm-in-some-suburbs/story-fnj94iqm-1227194106632
  9. ^ Daniel Hurst. "Medicare rebate cuts ditched as government cites 'confusion' for patients and doctors". the Guardian. 
  10. ^ "Severe storms hit parts of south-east Queensland". ABC News. 
  11. ^ "Marilyn Wallman cold case: Partial skull identified as that of Queensland schoolgirl missing since 1972". ABC News. 
  12. ^ "Man sat on roof for five hours as two rescued from floods". Rockhampton Morning Bulletin. 
  13. ^ "Infamous escapee John Killick walks free from Queensland prison". Brisbane Times. 
  14. ^ Vincent, Peter (26 January 2015). "Triple J Hottest 100: Taylor Swift disqualified from countdown". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Australian Visit 4th – 11th June, 2015". dalailamainaustralia.org. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "The Asia-Pacific Model United Nations Conference". amunc.net. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  17. ^ "ADELAIDE 2015 ITU DUATHLON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS". triathlon.org.au. Retrieved 7 August 2014.