1982 in Australia

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1982 in Australia
Monarchy Elizabeth II
Governor-General Zelman Cowen, then Ninian Stephen
Prime minister Malcolm Fraser
Population 15,184,247
Elections SA, TAS, VIC
Flag of Australia.svg
1982
in
Australia
Decades:
See also:

Incumbents[edit]

Events[edit]

January[edit]

  • 5 January - Sir William McMahon announces his retirement from politics after 32 years. His resignation comes at an awkward time for the Federal Government, not keen to test its mid-term popularity in so vulnerable a seat as Lowe.

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

  • 5 June - The Premiers and the Commonwealth agree to abolish appeals from the State Supreme Courts to the Privy Council, thus making the High Court of Australia the final court of appeal. Several of the few remaining constitutional links with Britain are also to be severed.
  • 18 June - The South Australian Government passes legislation authorising the development of the Roxby Downs copper-uranium deposit, despite controversy over the issue.
  • 21 June - The Queensland Art Gallery within the Queensland Cultural Centre is opened. The cost had blown out from the original estimate of $10 million to $28 million.

July[edit]

August[edit]

  • 2 August - The Daily Sun newspaper begins publication in Brisbane.
  • 8 August - The Dalai Lama visits Australia to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Buddhism in the country.
  • 15 August - Queensland Government workers, including railway employees, walk out for two days in support of shorter working hours and a general strike results.
  • 24 August -
    • The fourth interim report of the Costigan Royal Commission into the Ships Painters and Dockers' Union begins a series of revelations about tax fraud which implicates senior public servants and members of the Liberal Party. The report highlights tax-avoidance schemes, including "bottom of the harbour" plans. The resulting furore ends speculation about an early election.
    • The strike in Queensland ends when unions capitulate before the government's adamant attitude on the issue.

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

  • 6 November – Elections in South Australia see the voting out of the Liberal/National coalition, led by David Tonkin & the election of the ALP, led by John Bannon.

December[edit]

Arts and literature[edit]

Film[edit]

Television[edit]

Sport[edit]

^-Scored under outdated scoring system.

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cornish, Selwyn, "Randall, Sir Richard John (Dick) (1906–1982)", Australian Dictionary of Biography, archived from the original on 19 April 2013