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ACT Public Holiday on Melbourne Cup Day?

By caak27 21 September 2007 26

Does anyone know what the official word is on the A.C.T. having this day off as a public holiday?

The A.C.T. government has not provided a clear message on this to date.


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caf 1:13 pm 25 Sep 07

boomacat: s35 is part of section IV which deals with powers of the Legislative Assembly – whereas the the relevant Minister can declare a public holiday without requiring a seperate legislative assembly enactment, falling under section V (powers of the Executive).

Gungahlin Al 9:35 am 25 Sep 07

Thumper: from a productivity perspective, the day’s pretty much a write-off anyway, so no great loss. But I’d have to guess that some lobbying from the local horse racing/gambling industry has something to do with it, given many more people would likely end up at the track.

Oh hang on – the government owns a major chunk of the local horse gambling industry – ACTTAB.

Would be a major irony if the first Melbourne Cup holiday doesn’t actually have a Melbourne Cup though!

Absent Diane 9:28 am 25 Sep 07

Newtons Birthday?? oh hold on we already have that off.

Happy for my birthday to be declared a public holiday.

I would also like horseday off.. because I hate horseday and don’t want to have to put up with people talking about horse all day.

Maelinar 8:49 am 25 Sep 07


Thumper 8:24 am 25 Sep 07

I still find it all rather bizarre that Canberra is having a day off for Melbourne Cup day.

I reckon we should lobby the government for Lenin Day, Marx Day, May Day, Che Day, etc….

Danman 8:14 am 25 Sep 07

Ill be off my nut in Vegas on a honeymoon so this is a non event for me – till next year of course 🙂

I would prefer to be at work though – cold chicken and champagne by my lonesome and a 1 person sweep just sounds boring as batsh1t

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