1992 in Australia

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1992 in Australia
Monarchy Elizabeth II
Governor-General Bill Hayden
Prime minister Paul Keating
Population 17,494,664
Elections TAS, ACT, QLD, VIC
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Premiers and Chief Ministers[edit]

Governors and Administrators[edit]


  • 2 January – George H. W. Bush becomes the first President of the United States to address the Australian Parliament.
  • 18 January – The Labor Party wins a by-election in the central coast seat of The Entrance.
  • 22 January – The Queensland Criminal Justice Commission announces that it won't release names of MPs who rort travel expenses.
  • 26 January- Prime Minister Paul Keating gives his Australia Day address in Canberra, saying that Australia must adapt to a changing world and look to Asia if it was to survive economically.
  • 28 January – Colin White and David Trimmer are charged over their alleged involvement in a multimillion-dollar tobacco scam in Brisbane.
  • 29 January - New South Wales Premier Nick Greiner calls for a controversial sex education book, funded by the Federal Government, to be destroyed.
  • 1 February – A general election is held in Tasmania.
  • 1 February – One and two-cent coins begin to be withdrawn from circulation.
  • 9 February – Flooding occurs in Sydney and other areas of New South Wales. Torrential rain also floods the Sydney Harbour Tunnel with 500,000 litres of water.[1]
  • 20 February – Scores of people flee their homes as several coastal towns north of Brisbane are hit by flash floods.
  • 21 February – A State of Emergency is declared in Maryborough and Gympie due to major flooding.
  • 22 February –
    • After trialling Daylight Saving in Queensland for a total of three years, a referendum is held, with 54.5% of Queenslanders voting against daylight saving. Regional and rural areas strongly oppose daylight saving, while those in the metropolitan south-east vote in favour of it.
    • A state of emergency is declared in the whole of Noosa Shire, Queensland due to major flooding - the worst since 1968.
  • 24 February – Elizabeth II visits Australia. Prime Minister Paul Keating breaks royal protocol by placing his hand on the Queen's back, causing an outraged British tabloid newspaper to dub him the "Lizard of Oz".
  • 15 February – The second ACT Legislative Assembly election is held, re-electing the Labor minority government of Rosemary Follett.
  • 25 May – Lindy Chamberlain receives compensation for wrongful conviction on murder charges.
  • 3 June – The High Court of Australia decides in the case Mabo v Queensland (No 2), a landmark decision recognising native title in Australia.
  • 24 June – Nick Greiner resigns as Premier of New South Wales in the wake of a corruption scandal, and is replaced by John Fahey.
  • 4 September – Lynn Arnold becomes Premier of South Australia after the resignation of John Bannon after the near-collapse of the State Bank.
  • 7 September – The National Party of Queensland launches its state election campaign in Brisbane with strong support for law and order issues.
  • 8 September –
    • Prime Minister Paul Keating warns President George Bush that wheat subsidies are corroding public support in Australia for the United States.
    • The Afghan Foreign Minister arrives in Sydney to appeal for urgent assistance.
  • 19 September – A state election is held in Queensland. The Labor government of Wayne Goss is returned to power.
  • 3 October – A state election is held in Victoria. Joan Kirner's Labor government is defeated by Jeff Kennett's Liberal party.
  • 6 October – Rose Hancock-Porteous is fined $1,000 in Perth for forging prescriptions for drugs.
  • 19 October- One of the two men charged with the murder of Dr. Victor Chang pleads guilty.
  • 20 October- The trial of the second man accused of murdering Dr. Victor Chang begins.
  • 27 October- Senator Bronwyn Bishop attacks the Tax Commissioner over alleged special treatment to the Labor Party.
  • 30 October – The second man charged with the murder of Dr. Victor Chang, Phillip Lim, is found guilty.
  • 23 November - Prime Minister Paul Keating announces the end of the ban preventing homosexual men and women from serving in the Australian Defence Force[2]
  • 22 December – The men who murdered heart surgeon Victor Chang are each sentenced to 20 years jail.
  • Adelaide receives it highest annual rainfall on record, totalling 883.2 millimetres (34.77 in).[3]

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  1. ^ The Courier-Mail, 10 February 1992, p.1
  2. ^ Keating, Paul (23 November 1992). "Australian Defence Force policy on homosexuality" (Press release). Australian Government. Archived from the original on 22 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Adelaide West Terrace (023000) Monthly Rainfall Adelaide Kent Town (023090) Monthly Rainfall
  4. ^ https://www.womadelaide.com.au/info/history