1971 in Australia
|1971 in Australia|
|Governor-General||Sir Paul Hasluck|
|Prime minister||John Gorton, then William McMahon|
- Monarch – Elizabeth II
- Governor-General – Sir Paul Hasluck
- Prime Minister – John Gorton (until 10 March), then William McMahon
- Chief Justice – Sir Garfield Barwick
State and Territory Leaders
- Premier of New South Wales – Robert Askin
- Premier of Queensland – Joh Bjelke-Petersen
- Premier of South Australia – Don Dunstan
- Premier of Tasmania – Angus Bethune
- Premier of Victoria – Sir Henry Bolte
- Premier of Western Australia – Sir David Brand (until 3 March), then John Tonkin
Governors and Administrators
- Governor of New South Wales – Sir Roden Cutler
- Governor of Queensland – Sir Alan Mansfield
- Governor of South Australia – Major General Sir James William Harrison (until 16 September), then Sir Mark Oliphant (from 1 December)
- Governor of Tasmania – Lieutenant General Sir Edric Bastyan
- Governor of Victoria – Major General Sir Rohan Delacombe
- Governor of Western Australia – Major General Sir Douglas Kendrew
- Administrator of Norfolk Island – Robert Dalkin
- Administrator of the Northern Territory – Frederick Chaney
- Administrator of Papua and New Guinea – Les Johnson
- Neville Bonner becomes first Indigenous Australian to sit as a member in the Parliament of Australia
- Evonne Goolagong is named Australian of the Year.
- 3 January -
- Sudden hailstorms lash the Sydney area causing widespread damage to houses and properties, as well as traffic chaos and nearly $150,000 worth of damage to fruit and vegetable crops at Cobbity.
- New South Wales Transport Minister announces that intensified police weekend patrols might become a regular part of the campaign to cut the road toll after 8,148 New South Wales motorists were arrested or charged over the New Year holiday weekend.
- 4 January -
- Federal Opposition Leader Gough Whitlam says in Port Moresby that Papuan leaders seem to accept completely the Australian Labor Party's timetable for independence of Papua New Guinea. The timetable provides for self-government as soon as a Labor Government comes to power in Australia, and independence in 1976.
- Immigration Minister Phillip Lynch gives a ruling that three Asian doctors at St Vincent's Hospital Sydney, who entered Australia under the private overseas student program, will be sent home, but may apply to return to Australia as migrants conditionally.
- 10 March - William McMahon replaces John Gorton as Prime Minister of Australia after a party room ballot on a motion of confidence in John Gorton as Prime Minister. The ballot was divided 33:33 until Mr. Gorton, as chairman, gave his casting vote against the motion, effectively voting himself out of office. He stood for and won the position of Deputy Party Leader, after William McMahon beat Billy Snedden for the leadership. Later, John Gorton publishes an article critical of Cabinet leaks.
- 13 October - Enrolment, but not voting, is made compulsory for Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders in Queensland.
- 2 November -
- President Richard Nixon gives Prime Minister William McMahon an unqualified endorsement of the Anzus alliance, saying that the United States would honour its commitments under the alliance, which he described as one of America's fundamental pillars in the Pacific.
- Sonia McMahon, wife of Prime Minister William McMahon, captures international attention when she wears a daring full-length dress, with a long slit down the sides revealing her legs, to a White House reception. The dress was designed by South Yarra fashion designer Victoria Ciscijo of Valencia House. Sonia McMahon would be most remembered in years to come for this dress.
Arts and literature
- 18 September – South Sydney Rabbitohs defeated St George Dragons in the NSWRL Grand Final at the Sydney Cricket Ground; thus winning four premierships in five years.
- 25 September – Derek Clayton wins his third men's national marathon title, clocking 2:11:08.8 in Hobart.
- Silver Knight wins the Melbourne Cup
- South Australia wins the Sheffield Shield
- Kialoa takes line honours in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Pathfinder takes handicap honours
- 1971 Springbok tour
- 17 January – Peter Winter, track and field decathlete
- 25 January – Brett Aitken, track cyclist
- 26 January – Lee Naylor, track and field athlete
- 14 February – Lisa-Marie Vizaniari, discus thrower
- 19 February
- 26 March – Rennae Stubbs, tennis player
- 1 April – Lachy Hulme, actor and screenwriter
- 2 April – Todd Woodbridge, tennis player
- 20 April
- 1 May – Stuart Appleby, golfer
- 4 May – Miles Stewart, triathlete
- 17 May
- 3 June – Mary Grigson, cyclist
- 21 June – Jason Costigan, politician and rugby league commentator.
- 3 July - Julian Assange, activist
- 12 July – Robert Allenby, golfer
- 2 September – Gregory Corbitt, field hockey striker
- 18 September
- 1 October – Andrew O'Keefe, highest-rating television personality
- 20 October – Dannii Minogue, singer, actress and television personality
- 29 October – Matthew Hayden, cricket player
- 10 November - Monique Allen, gymnast
- 14 November
- 19 November – Michelle Andrews, field hockey midfielder
- 6 December – Brendan Garard, field hockey player
- "Sonia stuns White House". Sydney Morning Herald. 4 November 1971.
- "Mary GRIGSON - Olympic Cycling Mountain Bike | Australia". International Olympic Committee. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2019.