1980 in Australia

The following lists events that happened during 1980 in Australia.

1980 in Australia
MonarchyElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralSir Zelman Cowen
Prime ministerMalcolm Fraser
Population14,515,729
ElectionsWA, NT, Federal, QLD

1980
in
Australia

Decades:
  • 1960s
  • 1970s
  • 1980s
  • 1990s
  • 2000s
See also:

Incumbents

State and Territory Leaders

Governors and Administrators

Events

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

  • 1 July - Women are allowed to join surf clubs as full members.
  • 4 July - Newcastle's Sun newspaper cease publication.

August

September

October

November

December

  • 2 December - The Federal Government lifts controls regulating the interest rates offered by banks on customer deposits.
  • 15 December - The Azaria Chamberlain inquest begins in Alice Springs.
  • 17 December - Turkish Consul-General, Sarik Ariyak, and his bodyguard, Engin Sever, are shot dead in the street outside the consulate in Dover Heights, Sydney, becoming the victims of Australia's first political assassinations. The obscure international terrorist army, the "Justice Commandoes of Armenian Genocide", claim responsibility for the deaths only 20 minutes after the shootings.
  • 19 December - The Woolworths Maitland store, near Newcastle, New South Wales is bombed, suffering more than $300,000 worth of damage.
  • 20 December - The Woolworths Orange store receives a call from a man threatening to bomb a Woolworths store unless he is paid $1 million.
  • 23 DecemberVictoria decriminalises homosexual acts between consenting adults, with the Royal Assent of the Crimes (Sexual Offences) Act 1980.
  • 24 December - Woolworths' Town Hall store in the centre of Sydney is devastated by a bomb blast - the chain's third store to be targeted in nine days. Authorities received only 10 minutes' warning of the bombing, which miraculously caused no serious casualties after 2,000 shoppers and staff were evacuated from the area.
  • 26 December - Police offer a $250,000 reward for information relating to the recent Woolworths bombings. The reward is the largest ever offered in Australian history.

Arts and literature

Film

Television

Sport

Births

Deaths

  • 7 January – Eddie Scarf, 71, boxer and wrestler
  • 11 November – Vince Gair, 79, Premier of Queensland (1952–1957)
  • 20 November – John McEwen, 80, 18th Prime Minister of Australia

See also

References

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  2. "Alayna BURNS - Olympic Cycling Track | Australia". International Olympic Committee. 21 June 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
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