1993 in Australia

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The following lists events that happened during 1993 in Australia.

1993 in Australia
Monarchy Elizabeth II
Governor-General Bill Hayden
Prime minister Paul Keating
Population 17,667,093
Elections Federal, WA, SA
Flag of Australia.svg
See also:


Premiers and Chief Ministers[edit]

Governors and administrators[edit]



  • 1 January – 1962 Cabinet papers are released to the public.
  • 7 January – West Australian Premier Carmen Lawrence announces a February 6 election date.[1]
  • 9 January – Prime Minister Paul Keating denies any involvement in a multimillion-dollar salami venture with a Hungarian company in the NSW Hunter Valley, as had been alleged by Senator Michael Baume.
  • 13 January – National Party Leader Tim Fischer calls on Japan to apologise for Japanese atrocities committed during World War II.
  • 20 January – A funeral is held for former Governor-General, Sir Paul Hasluck in St. George's Cathedral, Perth.
  • 21 January – The Australian dollar slumps to its lowest level since early 1987 (US 66.3c) prompting international investors to abandon the currency and a rescue intervention effort from the Reserve Bank of Australia.[2]
  • 22 January
    • Prime Minister Paul Keating releases a statement revealing that he is suing Senator Michael Baume over comments he made in a 3AW radio interview about Mr. Keating's involvement in a Scone piggery, Danpork and tax concessions for which he applied.
    • Shell Australia announces plans to close more than half of the nation's oldest colliery, the South Bulli Mine, leading to 230 job losses for New South Wales coal miners.
  • 25 January – The Remuneration Tribunal announces that MPs will have their pay boosted by 1.4 per cent from March 11.
  • 28 January
    • The Federal Government curtails MDS microwave delivery as a secondary pay TV system to satellite and calls off the auction for new MDS licences, a decision which Prime Minister Paul Keating claims is to stop "inferior technology" – the microwave system – from hijacking the pay-TV industry.[3]
    • Federal Treasurer John Dawkins announces that the Federal Government is revising its Budget forecasts for growth in 1992–93 from 3 per cent to 2.5 per cent.[4]
  • 31 January – New South Wales Transport Minister, Mr. Baird, announces that 2,000 jobs will disappear from the State Rail Authority this year and stressed that all redundancies would be voluntary.



  • 7 March – Two prisoners, Peter Gibb and Archie Butterley, escape from the Melbourne Remand Centre with the help of prison officer Heather Parker.[5]
  • 13 March – Paul Keating and the ALP win the federal 'unwinnable election' and are re-elected for a fifth term in power. Labor increases its primary vote by 5.5% to 44.9% and its seats by 2 to 80. The Coalition, on 44.3%, up 0.9%, won 65 seats (Liberals 49, Nationals 16), a loss of 4. The Australian Democrats fell dramatically in both houses, although their winning of Senate seats in South Australia and Queensland still leaves them with a total of 7 in all.
  • 22 March - The Federal Liberal Party re-elects John Hewson as leader by a 17-vote majority against contended John Howard. Deputy Leader Peter Reith retires to the backbench after losing to Michael Wooldridge. Tim Fischer fights off a challenge from Ian Sinclair to remain National Party leader, with John Anderson as Deputy Leader.
  • 24 March - Following several retirements, the new Cabinet includes a predominance (13 out of 19) from the right. Newcomers include Michael Lavarch, Peter Baldwin, Laurie Brereton, Bob McMullan and Michael Lee.


  • 28 April - At a speech to the Evatt Foundation, Prime Minister Paul Keating announces the appointment of 7 broadly representative eminent persons to a Republic Advisory Committee, chaired by Malcolm Turnbull. It reports on October 5.
  • 29 April - Acting leader Cheryl Kernot is confirmed as leader of the Australian Democrats by an 81% vote of the membership. She is given a mandate to pursue more mainstream policy objectives and to reform the party's cumbersome internal procedures.



  • 22 July - Prime Minister Paul Keating's Budget statement denies breaking election promises, although the second tranche of tax cuts will be deferred until 1998.


  • 4 AugustColes Myer announces a $4 billion expansion plan creating 100,000 new jobs & spanning five years.
  • 18 August - The Senate supports the motion of West Australian Green MP Christabel Chamarette to impose a "double deadline" on bills from the House of Representatives, refusing to guarantee dealing with bills which had not been introduced to the House by October 1 and reached the Senate by October 29. Exceptions are allowed for, but the Federal Government is enraged.
  • 28 AugustHMAS Collins (SSG 73), the first of the Collins Class submarine, becomes the first Australian-built and designed submarine to launch.
  • 30 August - Caucus' Economic Committee attacks Prime Minister Paul Keating over the Dawkins Budget. Annoyed at the favourable publicity being received by the Australian Democrats as the voice of fairness, the Labor left and right factions combine to insist on compromises.



  • 1 October - The Senate approves a new oath of office which omits any reference to the Queen.
  • 20 October - Prime Minister Paul Keating changes his mind and decides against a recommendation to allow wider televising of parliamentary debate, including points of order and comments later withdrawn.



Arts and literature[edit]



  • 3 March – The "birthday cake interview" with John Hewson takes place on A Current Affair. Hewson's confused explanation of the effect of a consumption tax in the Coalition's Fightback! package is seen as a crucial factor in the surprise re-election of the ALP at the federal election.
  • 30 July – A Country Practice is axed after 1,058 episodes by the Seven Network. The final episode aired on 22 November, Network Ten pick up the series the following year, but it is nowhere near as successful as the Channel Seven version and is axed soon after.
  • 25 November – Ray Martin presents his final episode of Midday. He moves on to A Current Affair in 1994 and is replaced in the Midday role by Derryn Hinch.




See also[edit]


  1. ^ "After WA, a March Election". Sydney Morning Herald. 8 January 1993. 
  2. ^ "$A Slide Ominous for Government". Sydney Morning Herald, p.1. 22 January 1993. 
  3. ^ "Govt Denies Pay-TV Bias". Sydney Morning Herald, p3. 30 January 1993. 
  4. ^ "Inflation and the Main Game". Sydney Morning Herald, p.10. 29 January 1993. 
  5. ^ Encel, Vivien (2003). "The Lovestruck Prison Officer". Murder! 25 true Australian crimes. Kingsclear Books. ISBN 0-908272-47-2.