2007 in Australia


Federal government


The Australian Labor Party won the election on 24 November.

Other Ministers

Members of Parliament

See: 41st Australian parliament

And: Members of the Australian Senate, 2005–2008

Opposition leaders

Presiding officers

High Court justices





Lord Mayors

Religious leaders


Whole year





  • 2 April – The Bureau of Meteorology issues a tsunami warning for the east coast of Australia after an earthquake in the South Pacific Ocean is detected. Precautions are taken, such as the suspension of Sydney Ferries services, but Australia is unaffected. The tsunami, however, causes devastation in the Solomon Islands.
  • 10 April – Four elderly residents of the Broughton Hall nursing home in Melbourne die after a gastroenteritis outbreak at the home over the Easter weekend. A fifth resident dies in hospital on 16 April.
  • 19 April – Prime Minister John Howard announces a report which states that unless significant rain falls in the Murray-Darling Basin within the next six to eight weeks, Australia will face a major agricultural crisis with no irrigation allocations available to farmers.
  • 24 April – Two Australian soldiers are injured when a roadside bomb goes off in Iraq.
  • 26 April – Former immigration minister Senator Amanda Vanstone announces her immediate resignation from the Australian Senate. It is announced later that day that Vanstone will take up the position of Australia's Ambassador to Italy in late June.



  • 1 June – The Australian Government climate task force releases its report, recommending Australia implement an emissions trading scheme by 2012. Prime Minister John Howard declines to set a target for greenhouse gas reduction until after the 2007 election.[14]
  • 5 June – Eleven people are killed, 12 seriously injured, 50 others wounded and 13 still missing after a V/Line train collides with a truck at a level crossing near Kerang, Victoria.[15]
  • 6 June – Fugitive Tony Mokbel is recaptured in Greece after being missing since March 2006.[16]
  • 8–10 June – Major storms strike Newcastle, the Hunter Region and the Central Coast, killing at least nine people and causing major flooding. The coal freighter Pasha Bulker is forced to run aground on Nobby's Beach, a major Newcastle beach.






  • 4 October – The controversial Gunns Bell Bay Pulp Mill is given the go-ahead by federal Environment and Water Resources Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with some conditions imposed on its development and with the Shadow minister for Environment and Water's backing.[32]
  • 8–11 October – Severe thunderstorms have pounded South-East Queensland and Northern New South Wales, with hailstones the size of tennis balls and destructive winds being recorded in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Lismore.[33]



Arts & Literature





  • 27 August - Ariana Greenbalt


See also


  1. 2007 – Year of the Surf Lifesaver, Australian government. Archived 12 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. Police hurt as revellers riot, The Age, 1 January 2007
  3. Super storm lashes WA, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 4 January 2007. Archived 24 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. Burn-out crowd goes on the rampage, The Age, 12 January 2007.
  5. Croatian, Serbian fans clash at Australian Open, PM (ABC Local Radio), 15 January 2007.
  6. Major power shortages black out large parts of Victoria, PM (ABC Local Radio), 16 January 2007.
  7. Turnbull rises, Vanstone falls, The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 January 2007.
  8. BDO flag ban stupid, says PM, The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 January 2007.
  9. Sydney given 'doomsday' climate change warning, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 31 January 2007. Archived 20 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  10. Inquest begins into Balibo Five death, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 5 February 2007. Archived 14 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  11. Press release: James Hardie pays initial A$184.3 million to AICF Archived 21 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine, James Hardie Industries, 9 February 2007.
  12. Australia PM slams US candidate, BBC News, 12 February 2007.
  13. Weapons theft is not widespread: Houston, The Age, 5 April 2007.
  14. Australia PM pledges climate plan, British Broadcasting Corporation, 3 June 2007.
  15. "'No boom gates' at level crossing crash scene". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 5 June 2007. Archived from the original on 23 August 2010. Retrieved 5 June 2007.
  16. "Tony Mokbel recaptured". News Limited. 6 June 2007. Archived from the original on 7 June 2007. Retrieved 6 June 2007.
  17. 15 June: Pat Anderson and Rex Wild release the Little Children are Sacred report which reports 'widespread sex abuse' of children throughout communities of the Northern Territory. The report makes 97 recommendations.Source: http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/history/aboriginal-history-timeline-2000-today#ixzz4BXGxCkXV Archived 10 June 2016 at the Wayback Machine (ABC News Australia) Archived 28 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  18. (ABC News Australia) Archived 18 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  19. (ABC News Australia) Archived 18 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  20. One dead, gunman at large, The Age, 18 June 2007.
  21. "John Laws Calls It Quits". Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). 25 June 2007. Retrieved 25 June 2007.
  22. 130 yet to be contacted over polio, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 15 July 2007.
  23. Terror suspect doctor granted bail, The Age, 14 July 2007.
  24. Steve Bracks resigns as Premier, The Age, 27 July 2007.
  25. Thwaites may follow Bracks out, The Age, 27 July 2007.
  26. Free at last: charges dropped, but doubts remain, The Sydney Morning Herald, 28 July 2007.
  27. Australia PM defends nuclear sale, BBC News, 17 August 2007.
  28. Wright, Tony: How Costello planned the PM's demise, The Age, 15 August 2007.
  29. Rudd regrets strip club visit Archived 2 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine, SBS, 20 August 2007.
  30. Government to appeal Haneef visa ruling, The Age, 21 August 2007.
  31. Topsfield, Jewel: Get 12 answers right and you're an Aussie citizen, The Age, 27 August 2007.
  32. Govt gives green light to pulp mill, ABC News, 4 October 2007.
  33. , ABC News, 9 October 2007.
  34. Toy with 'date rape' drug pulled, 7 November 2007.
  35. Hannef wins back visa, The Age, 21 December 2007.
  36. Carey in running for Booker International, news.com.au, 13 April 2007.
  37. Seven 'sorry' for Sunrise split, The Age, 16 April 2007.
  38. Seven Network (20 August 2007). "Seven – Daily Ratings Report". ebroadcast.com.au. Archived from the original on 24 August 2007. Retrieved 20 August 2007.
  39. Daniel Ziffer (20 August 2007). "Foxy morons blitz ratings". Melbourne: The Age. Retrieved 20 August 2007.
  40. The Worm turns, and sneaks back on screen to bite Howard, The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 October 2007.
  41. Liggett, Phil: O'Grady dream comes true, The Daily Telegraph, 16 April 2007.
  42. Australia wins World Cup final, The Age, 29 April 2007.
  43. Pagan did it tough at Carlton, The Age, 23 July 2007.
  44. Kevin Sheedy sacked by Essendon, Herald Sun, 25 July 2007.
  45. Call for calm amid horse flu outbreak, ABC Online, 26 August 2007.
  46. Hird reflects on an 'incredible ride' Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine, AFL, 26 August 2007.
  47. Stoner crowned new MotoGP champion, The Age, 23 September 2007.
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