1983 in Australia

1983 in Australia

Infobox Australian year
monarch = Elizabeth II
governor-general = Ninian Stephen
pm =Malcolm Fraser, then Bob Hawke
population =
australian =
elections =
"See also:"
1982 in Australia,
other events of 1983,
1984 in Australia----

See also:
* 1983 Australian incumbents
* Australian federal election, 1983


*Queen of Australia - HM Queen Elizabeth II
*Governor General - Sir Ninian Stephen
*Prime Minister - Malcolm Fraser then Bob Hawke
*Premier of New South Wales - Neville Wran
*Premier of South Australia - John Bannon
*Premier of Queensland - Joh Bjelke-Petersen
*Premier of Tasmania - Robin Gray
*Premier of Western Australia - Ray O'Connor, then Brian Burke
*Premier of Victoria - John Cain
*Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory - Post did not exist in 1983.
*Chief Minister of the Northern Territory - Paul Everingham


*February 3 - Australian P.M Malcolm Fraser is granted a double dissolution of both houses of parliament for a double dissolution election for the March 5. On the same day Bob Hawke replaces Bill Hayden as federal ALP leader.
*February 16 - The Ash Wednesday bushfires in Victoria and South Australia claim the lives of 71 people in Australia's worst ever fires.
*March 5 - Australian federal election, 1983. The ALP, with Bob Hawke as leader wins with one of the biggest parliamentary majorities in Australian political history.
*March 11 - Hawke Ministry sworn in, Andrew Peacock becomes Federal Opposition leader.
*April 11 - National Economic Summit held in Canberra.
*April 22 - Soviet embassy official Valery Ivanov is expelled from Australia for allegedly trying to recruit spies in the Australian government.
*May 1 - The Sydney Entertainment Centre is opened.
*May 16 - NSW Premier Neville Wran steps aside in response to allegations rasied by ABC program "Four Corners" that he Attempted to influence the NSW Magistry
*July 1 - High Court blocks construction of the Franklin Dam in Tasmania in the "Tasmanian Dams Case"
*July 28 - New South Wales premier Neville Wran exonerated by Street Royal Commission over claims raised by ABC program "Four Corners" which claimed that he attempted to influence the NSW majestry
*September 26 - Australia II wins the America's Cup ending the New York Yacht Club's 132 year domination of the race
*November 30 - ASIS (Australian Secret Intelligence Service) agents bungle a training exercise in the Melbourne Sheraton hotel.
*December 9 - The Australian Dollar is floated, by Federal Treasurer Paul Keating. Under the old flexible peg system, the Reserve Bank bought and sold all Australian dollars and cleared the market at the end of the day.

Arts and literature

* "No award" is made for the Miles Franklin Award



*April 30 - "Four Corners" program aired exposing allegations that NSW Premier Neville Wran had tried to influence the magistry over the dropping of fraud charges against Kevin Humphreys, charged with misappropriation of funds from the Balmain Leagues Club. Humphreys is forced to resign his position as President of the NSWRL, while Wran has to face the Street Royal Commission over the allegations & was later exonerated.
*September 26 - After Australia's America's Cup win, Prime Minister Bob Hawke goes on the "Today" show and declared a public holiday for that day, stating that "any boss who sacks anyone for not turning up today is a bum."
*November 27 - The last ever episode of "The Don Lane Show" goes to air on GTV-9.


*February 26 – Value of a rugby league try is increased to four points for the start of the 1983 season.
*March 20 – Robert de Castella is Australia's best finisher at the eleventh IAAF World Cross Country Championships, staged in Gateshead, England. He finishes in sixth place (37:00.0) in the race over 11,994 metres.
*May 11 – VFL Board accepts the findings of the McKinsey Report in principle, suggesting major changes to league administration including the establishment of an independent commission.
*June 12 – John Stanley wins the men's national marathon title, clocking 2:17:04 in Sydney, while Megan Sloane claims the women's title in 2:37:50.
*July 9 – Australia's run of 16 consecutive Rugby League test victories is ended when New Zealand upset Australia 19-12 at Lang Park, Brisbane.
*August 5 – First game played under lights since 1952. Geelong defeat Sydney at the SCG
*September 24 – Hawthorn (20.20.140) defeat Essendon (8.9.57) to win the 87th VFL premiership
*September 25 – Parramatta Eels defeat Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 18-6 to win the 76th NSWRL premiership
*September 26 – Newtown Jets & Western Suburbs Magpies axed from the 1984 NSWRL premiership. It is announced that Newtown will return as Newtown-Campbelltown in 1985. The move never eventuates.
*November 1 – Kiwi wins the Melbourne Cup.
*December 5 – NSWRL reinstate Western Suburbs after Equity Court ruling. Wests end up moving to Campbelltown around the same time.
*Ross Glendinning (North Melbourne) wins the Brownlow Medal


*January 9 – Scott Brennan, Olympic rower
*January 15 – Paul Francis Verhoeven, writer and television/radio presenter
*May 10 – Fiona Hammond, water polo player
*May 11 – Holly Valance, actress and singer
*July 23 – Bec Cartwright, actress
*August 18 – Russell Ford, field hockey striker
*August 19 – Tammin Sursok, actress
*August 27 – Suzie Fraser, water polo player
*December 5 – Cooper Cronk, rugby league player


*January 28 - Frank Forde, fifteenth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1890)
*August 29 - Decima Norman, track and field athlete (b. 1909)

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • List of Top 25 albums for 1983 in Australia — The following lists the top 25 (end of year) charting albums on the Australian Album Charts, for the year of 1983. These were the best charting albums in Australia for 1983. The source for this year is the Kent Music Report , known from 1987… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Top 25 singles for 1983 in Australia — The following lists the top 25 (end of year) charting singles on the Australian Singles Charts, for the year of 1983. These were the best charting singles in Australia for 1983. The source for this year is the Kent Music Report , known from 1987… …   Wikipedia

  • 1983 Cricket World Cup — Infobox cricket tournament name = 1983 Prudential Cup imagesize = 220px caption = administrator = International Cricket Council cricket format = One Day International tournament format = Round robin and Knockout host = England champions = India… …   Wikipedia

  • 1983 Melbourne dust storm — The 1983 Melbourne dust storm was a meteorological phenomenon that occurred during the afternoon of 8 February 1983, throughout much of Victoria, Australia and affected the capital, Melbourne. Red soil, dust and sand from Central and Southeastern …   Wikipedia

  • Australia — Para otros usos de este término, véase Australia (desambiguación). Commonwealth of Australia Mancomunidad de Australia …   Wikipedia Español

  • 1983 Cricket World Cup squads — This is a list of cricketers who represented their country at the 1983 Cricket World Cup in England which took place from 9 June 1983 to 25 June 1983.flagicon|Australia Australia*Kim Hughes (c) *Allan Border *Trevor Chappell *Tom Hogan *Rodney… …   Wikipedia

  • 1983 James Hardie 1000 — Bathurst 1000 Previous = 1982 Current = 1983 Next = 1984The 1983 James Hardie 1000 was the 24th running of the Bathurst 1000 touring car race. It was an endurance race for Touring Cars complying with CAMS Group C regulations. It was held on… …   Wikipedia

  • Australia II — Technische Daten (Überblick) Takelung: Sloop Segelklasse: 12mR Segelnummer: KA 6 Konstrukteur: Ben Lexcen Stapellauf: 6. Juni 1982 Werft …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Australia women's national association football team — Australia Nickname(s) Matildas Association Football Federation Australia Head coach Tom Sermanni Most caps Cheryl Salisbury (151) Top scorer Cheryl Salisbury (38) …   Wikipedia

  • AUSTRALIA — AUSTRALIA, island continent, within the British Commonwealth. At least six Jewish convicts who arrived at Botany Bay, New South Wales, in 1788 were later among the first settlers, including John Harris who, when freed, became the first policeman… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism