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1994, Oct. 9
 
Right wing parties gained many parliamentary seats in elections in Australia.  1
 
1996, March 2
 
National elections were won by John Howard of the Liberal Party–National Party Coalition, who was sworn in as prime minister on March 11. Thus ended a 13-year rule of the Labor Party.  2
 
1998, July 8
 
The Native Title Bill, a major piece of land-rights legislation, was passed in regard to aboriginal claims on Australian land. The bill gave Australian state governments the authority to rule on the issue.  3
 
Oct. 3
 
Prime Minister John Howard and his Liberal Nationalist Coalition retained power in parliamentary elections. The majority it enjoyed in the House of Representatives decreased when the Liberal Nationalists carried only 79 of 148 seats.  4
 
 
 
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