List of Australian political controversies

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This is a list of major political controversies in Australia:

Controversy "name"
Date
People involved
Rum rebellion 1808 Deposition and arrest of NSW Governor William Bligh by Major George Johnston, John Macarthur
Hopetoun Blunder 1900 Appointment of the first Prime Minister: Edmund Barton, William Lyne and John Hope, 7th Earl of Hopetoun
Nevanas affair 1915 Actions leading to the downfall of John Scaddan's W.A. government
Mungana Affair 1929 Corrupt actions by Qld. Premiers Ted Theodore and William McCormack
Lang Dismissal Crisis 1932 Dismissal of NSW Premier Jack Lang by governor Philip Game
Attempted exclusion of Egon Kisch from Australia 1934 Egon Erwin Kisch, Joseph Lyons, Robert Menzies, Herbert Evatt and many others
Playmander 1936-1968 South Australian Electoral "gerrymander" favouring Sir Thomas Playford
Petrov Affair 1954 Vladimir Petrov and others
Bjelkemander 1972 -1987 Joh Bjelke-Petersen
Gair Affair 1974 Vince Gair, Gough Whitlam, Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Lionel Murphy, Ron Maunsell, Magnus Cormack, Billy Snedden
Loans Affair 1975 Jim Cairns, Rex Connor
1975 Australian constitutional crisis 1975 Gough Whitlam, Malcolm Fraser, Sir John Kerr
Combe-Ivanov affair 1983 David Combe, Valery Ivanov, Mick Young
Fitzgerald Inquiry 1987 Joh Bjelke-Petersen
Edmund Rouse bribery scandal 1989 Jim Cox, Robin Gray, Gunns
State Bank of Victoria collapse 1990 These events were a key factor in the defeat of the Labor government of Joan Kirner and the election of the Liberal Party, led by Jeff Kennett, at the 1992 Victorian state election
State Bank of South Australia collapse 1991 It caused the resignation of premier John Bannon in 1992, and the crushing electoral defeat of the South Australian Labor government at the 1993 election.
WA Inc royal commission 1992 Brian Burke, Alan Bond, Laurie Connell
Easton affair 1992 Carmen Lawrence
Metherell affair 1992 Nick Greiner, Tim Moore, Terry Metherell
Sports rorts affair 1994 Ros Kelly
Bruce Stadium affair 2000 Kate Carnell
Tampa affair 2001 John Howard
Children Overboard Affair 2001 John Howard
Motorola affair 2001 John Olsen
Orange Grove affair 2004
Trish Draper travel incident 2004
Unlawful detention of Cornelia Rau 2005 Philip Ruddock
Unlawful deportation of Vivian Solon 2005 Philip Ruddock
AWB Oil-for-Wheat Scandal 2006 AWB Limited
Muhamed Haneef affair 2007 Philip Ruddock, Kevin Andrews
Lindsay pamphlet scandal 2007 Jackie Kelly
Iguana Joe's incident 2008 Belinda Neal allegedly abusing restaurant staff
Belinda Neal comment 2008 Belinda Neal comment to Sophie Mirabella concerning Mirabella's unborn child
Utegate or OzCar affair 2009 Malcolm Turnbull, Godwin Grech
Pink Batts scandal 2010 Kevin Rudd, Peter Garrett
Health Services Union expenses affair 2010 Craig Thomson, Health Services Union, Kathy Jackson, Fair Work Australia, Julia Gillard, Michael Williamson
Peter Slipper affair 2012 Peter Slipper, James Ashby
Eddie Obeid, Ian MacDonald and related parties affair 2012 Eddie Obeid, Ian MacDonald, John Maitland, Moses Obeid, Travers Duncan, John McGuigan, John Atkinson, John Kinghorn, Richard Poole and Barry O'Farrell

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