1989 in Australia

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1989 in Australia
Monarchy Elizabeth II
Governor-General Ninian Stephen, then Bill Hayden
Prime minister Bob Hawke
Population 16,814,416
Elections WA, ACT, TAS, SA, QLD
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Premiers and Chief Ministers[edit]

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Arts and literature[edit]



  • January – Young Talent Time is cancelled before the new series goes to air.
  • 31 March – Phase 1 of Aggregation of television services occurs in Southern NSW, with WIN Television becoming a regional Nine Network affiliate, Prime Television becoming the Seven Network affiliate & Capital Television (now Southern Cross Ten) becoming the Network Ten affiliate.
  • 12 April – Fast Forward premieres in Australia (1989–1992).
  • June – Neighbours introduces a new look theme song. The theme is sung by Barry Crocker when it lasted until the end of 1994.
  • July – Bob Shanks takes over as managing director of Network Ten due to ailing ratings & totally revamps the network, giving it the name 10 TV Australia as well as introducing a new lineup with increased game show content. Most of the new shows are axed by the end of the year.
  • August – Acropolis Now premieres in Australia (1989–1992).
  • September – Network Ten is sold to Steve Cosser, head of Broadcom Australia, for $22 million.
  • 31 December – Phase 2 of Aggregation of Television services occurs in Orange & Wagga Wagga, with aggregation occurring in Wollongong & Canberra in March
  • The Big Gig premieres in Australia (1989–1992).