1978 in Australia
|1978 in Australia|
|Governor-General||Sir Zelman Cowen|
|Prime minister||Malcolm Fraser|
- Monarch – Elizabeth II
- Governor-General – Sir Zelman Cowen
- Prime Minister – Malcolm Fraser
- Chief Justice – Sir Garfield Barwick
State and Territory Leaders
- Premier of New South Wales – Neville Wran
- Premier of Queensland – Joh Bjelke-Petersen
- Premier of South Australia – Don Dunstan
- Premier of Tasmania – Doug Lowe
- Premier of Victoria – Rupert Hamer
- Premier of Western Australia – Sir Charles Court
- Majority Leader/Chief Minister of the Northern Territory – Paul Everingham
Governors and Administrators
- Governor of New South Wales – Sir Roden Cutler
- Governor of Queensland – Sir James Ramsay
- Governor of South Australia – Sir Keith Seaman
- Governor of Tasmania – Sir Stanley Burbury
- Governor of Victoria – Sir Henry Winneke
- Governor of Western Australia – Sir Wallace Kyle
- Administrator of Norfolk Island – Desmond O'Leary
- Administrator of the Northern Territory – John England (from 1 June)
- 1 January –
- 2 January – Senator Neville Bonner attacks the Queensland Government over delays in its housing reconstruction programme for Mornington Island, which was ravaged by Cyclone Ted more than a year ago.
- 3 January –
- Bela Csidei, a prominent Sydney businessman, is alleged in the Darwin Magistrates' Court to have been involved in growing marijuana in the Northern Territory.
- Acting Health Minister Mr McLeay reiterates the Federal Government's election promise to keep the Medibank levy and ceiling at the same level for the next six months.
- Queensland Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen announces that he will ask churches throughout Queensland to hold a day of prayer for rain, suggesting a date of January 15.
- 4 January –
- The Australian dollar is devalued from 89.4 to 89.2 due to a drop in the US dollar to bring the effect devaluation since November 1976 to 15.3%.
- Acting Prime Minister Doug Anthony announces that the Federal Government knew that Arab nations operated a blacklist for more than 20 years and that some Australian companies were on it, but that the Government had never been told officially that certain companies were being boycotted.
- 5 January –
- Corrective Services Commissioner, W. McGeechan, talks 120 maximum security prisoners back into their cells after a 5-hour protest sit-in at Parramatta jail.
- Aboriginal Senator Neville Bonner makes a complaint to the Queensland State Licensing Commission about the Mount Isa hotel which refused him service on Boxing Day.
- Immigration and Ethnic Affairs Minister Michael MacKellar reverses a department decision thereby allowing a Uruguayan woman to join her widowed brother, Ruben Molina, in Sydney.
- 18 January – New South Wales Premier Neville Wran meets with prison union officials about their demand that Bathurst Jail be reopened to relieve over crowding and staff shortages in other prisons.
- 14 March – Stephen Matthews, aged 20, swept from the Natural Bridge off Albany, by a King Wave. Rescued by whale ship, the Cheynes II. First recorded survival of someone swept into the sea at The Gap and Natural Bridge.
- 30 March – Commonwealth Police (Federal Police) begin arresting 180 Greek-Australians said to be involved in a conspiracy to defraud the Department Of Social Security.
- 25 August – Michelle Pope and Stephen Lapthorne disappear. Still missing as of 3 August 2015.
- 7 October – The ALP government of Neville Wran is re-elected with a massively increased majority, leading to his win being dubbed as a "Wranslide".
- 8 October – Australia's Ken Warby sets the world water speed record to 510 km/h (317.60 mph) at Blowering Dam, New South Wales.
- 21 October - Cessna pilot Frederick Valentich disappears while flying over Bass Strait.
Arts and literature
- 6 May – Melbourne and St Kilda set a still-standing record VFL/AFL aggregate score of 52.33 (345)
- 1 July – Footscray kick a record VFL score of 33.15 (213) beating the previous record by three points. Kelvin Templeton and Ian Dunstan combine for 22 of the 33 goals.
- 6 August – James Langford wins the men's national marathon title, clocking 2:19:29 in Caboolture.
- 19 September – After a controversial NSWRL finals series with two draws, Manly thrash Cronulla 16–0 to win their fourth premiership with Graham Eadie dominating.
- 30 September – Hawthorn 18.13 (121) defeats North Melbourne 15.13 (103) for its fourth VFL premiership.
- Arwon wins the Melbourne Cup
- Western Australia wins the Sheffield Shield
- Apollo wins the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
- 4 January – Paul Licuria, Australian rules footballer
- 14 January – James Mathison, TV host
- 25 January – Jason Johnson, Australian rules footballer
- 1 February – Tim Harding, singer (Hi 5)
- 7 February – Frank Drmic, basketball player
- 8 February – Mick de Brenni, politician
- 16 February – Lance Thompson, rugby league player (d. 2018)
- 1 March – Gavin Woods, water polo player
- 14 March – Karyne Di Marco, hammer thrower
- 18 March – Brooke Hanson, swimmer
- 4 April – Sam Moran, singer (The Wiggles)
- 18 April – Matthew Lloyd, footballer and coach
- 30 June – Ben Cousins, AFL Footballer
- 8 August – Kate Ritchie, actress, radio & television personality
- 16 August – Ben Galea, rugby player
- 18 September – Melanie Gibbons, politician
- 20 September – Scott Minto, rugby league player
- 22 September – Harry Kewell, soccer player
- 25 October – Matt Shirvington, track and field athlete
- 22 November – Steven King, plays with Geelong Football Club
- 2 December – Peter Moylan, baseball player
- Fiona McFarlane - author
- "38 refugees in latest boat to reach Darwin". Sydney Morning Herald, p1. 2 January 1978.
- "Senator "disgusted" at Aboriginal homes delay". Sydney Morning Herald, p.2. 3 January 1978.
- "Csidei named in drug case". Sydney Morning Herald, p.1. 4 January 1978.
- "Rain prayers suggested". Sydney Morning Herald, p.1. 4 January 1978.
- "Value of $ cut again". Sydney Morning Herald, p.1. 5 January 1978.
- "Govt knew of Arab blacklist But it appears to have had little effect, says Anthony". Sydney Morning Herald, p.3. 5 January 1978.
- "McGeechan talks angry prisoners back to cells". Sydney Morning Herald, p1. 6 January 1978.
- "Isa Hotel complaint". Sydney Morning Herald, p.2. 6 January 1978.
- "Immigration Dept refusal reversed by minister". Sydney Morning Herald, p.2. 6 January 1978.
- "The Natural Bridge". GlobeVista. 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
- Grabosky, Peter. N. (1989). "Chapter 6: The great social security conspiracy case". Wayward Governance: Illegality and its Control in the Public Sector. Australian Institute of Criminology. pp. 93–112. ISBN 0 642 14605 5. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
- Findlay, Tracey (3 August 2015). "Police renew appeal for information on local couple missing 30 years". Hornsby Advocate. Daily Telegraph-NewsLocal. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
- "Latest Media Releases Missing Persons Week 2015: Missing Persons Stephen Lapthorne & Michelle Pope". www.police.nsw.gov.au. 2 August 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
- "Fiona McFarlane". www.swansea.ac.uk. Retrieved 27 February 2018.