There I was thinking this was a misprint, and they had meant the ‘Queen’s had his day: Barr’, and that this would be yet another story in the ongoing debarkle that is Andrew Barr’s political career.Yet this story (from anyone else’s lips) might have seemed rational. (think – a) education policies towards closing schools, b) planning policies that reduce open spaces for children to play in, c) does Mr Barr have any children – or ever likely to?)However, with statements such as “stop commemorating the past… looked to the future…” so soon after the massive campaigns for all Australians to ‘remember our past and our Aboriginal history’, it kind of smacks.
The concept of marking the King or Queen’s birthday with a public holiday in Australia dates from 1788, when Governor Phillip declared a public holiday for convicts and settlers on the birthday of King George III on 4 June. Until 1936 the actual birthday of the reigning monarch was observed, but after the death of King George V it was decided to retain the day of his birthday, 3 June, or the nearest suitable day for the public holiday.
The focus of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend was raised in Parliament in June 2000, where the relevance and significance were questioned by the Hon John Hatzistergos. An almost identical article to Ms Sherlock’s was run in today’s The Age.
I’m not a die hard Monarchist, a Children’s Day (sorry I don’t raise goats) sounds plausible. I know this might sound kind of out there, but maybe we could incorporate ‘Children’s Day’ in the ‘Family Day’ we now celebrate in November?? Just a thought you know, children, family, they kind of go together…
Seriously, as an apathetic ACT voter, the only thing I got from this flashy front page grab, is a Minister desperate for any media attention that might take the focus off his complete incompetence. Well Mr Barr, sorry, you didn’t achieved your aim, I’ve taken notice of you, but will now vote for anyone but.