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03 October - 3 Australian History quickies (part 2)

Unread postby Max ADU » Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:55 pm

Today in Australian History
3rd October
3 of 6 major events in Australian history today

1985 – The first Australian Formula One Grand Prix is raced in Adelaide.

The Australian Grand Prix became a round of the FIA Formula One World Championship in 1985 with the last race of the season held on the street circuit in Adelaide.

The Adelaide Street Circuit,
which held its last Formula One race in 1995, was known as a challenging, demanding and tricky circuit that often produced races of attrition, and it was very popular with drivers, teams and fans.

The new 3.78 km Adelaide Street Circuit saw Brazilian Ayrton Senna on pole with a time of 1:19.843 in his Lotus-Renault. The race itself was a battle between Senna and Finland's Keke Rosberg driving a Williams-Honda for the last time.

Run in oppressively hot conditions, the last race of the 1985 season ran to its 2 hour time limit but all scheduled 82 laps were run.

Rosberg ultimately prevailed finishing 43 seconds in front of the Ligier-Renaults of Frenchmen Jacques Laffite and Philippe Streiff who actually collided at the hairpin at the end of Brabham Straight with only one lap to go when Streiff tried a passing move that resulted in his car suffering broken suspension, though not bad enough to cause retirement.

1998 – The John Howard - led Coalition returned to power at federal election.

John Winston Howard, OM AC SSI,
(born 26 July 1939, Earlwood New South Wales) was an Australian politician who served as the 25th Prime Minister of Australia, from 11 March 1996 to 3 December 2007.

He is the second-longest serving Australian Prime Minister after Sir Robert Menzies.

The Howard Government was re-elected at the 1998, 2001 and 2004 elections, presiding over a period of strong economic growth and prosperity and on leaving had Australia in surplus with no National debt.

1992 – A Victorian state election sees Jeff Kennett and the Liberal Party defeat the incumbent Labor Government of Joan Kirner.

Jeffrey Gibb Kennett AC
(born 2 March 1948, Melbourne Victoria), is a former Australian politician who was the 43rd Premier of Victoria between 1992 and 1999.

Kennett's life in the regular workforce was cut short when, in 1968, he was conscripted into the Australian Army.

Given that Victoria's finances were in billions of dollars of debt, In office, Kennett immediately instituted a budget-cutting and privatisation program, in an effort to improve the State's economy.

Left them with $2.2 billion budget deficit, a net public sector debt of $33 billion and budget sector debt of $16 billion. To resolve this debt, some 50,000 public servants were retrenched between 1992 and 1995.

Kennett a current media commentator. and he was the President of Hawthorn Football Club from 2005 - 2011.
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