5 January – Australia’s only aircraft suicide attack carried out by a disgruntled former employee of Connellan Airways takes place. The Connellan air disaster claims the life of 6 people including the pilot. 10 January – The Easey Street murders take place, an unsolved crime in which two women were brutally stabbed to death in their home in the inner-Melbourne suburb of Collingwood. 18 January – Australia experiences its worst railway disaster at Granville, near Sydney, in which 83 people died. 1 February – The Federal Court of Australia began to exercise its jurisdiction. 15 May – A new political party, the Australian Democrats is launched by former Liberal MP Don Chipp at Melbourne Town Hall. 21 May – A plebiscite to decide Australia’s national song is won by “Advance Australia Fair”. 1 July – The Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman is established. 15 July – Anti-drugs campaigner Donald Mackay disappears near Griffith, New South Wales. He is presumed to have been murdered. 4 September – The Queensland government bans street marches and demonstrations. 24 August – Australia’s first 7-Eleven convenience store opens in the Melbourne suburb of Oakleigh
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