ACT Public Holiday on Melbourne Cup Day?

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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26 Responses to ACT Public Holiday on Melbourne Cup Day?
caf 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 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 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 Maelinar 8:49 am 25 Sep 07


Thumper 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 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

Ralph Ralph 7:28 am 25 Sep 07

My AWA includes a provision for an extra two public holidays each year should extra public holidays ever be declared – like this one.

Thanks, workCHOICES

boomacat boomacat 7:37 pm 24 Sep 07

This is pursuant to s35(2) of the ACT Self-Government Act.

caf caf 3:04 pm 24 Sep 07

boomacat: I don’t think so. Note that a declaration by the minister of a new holiday under the Holidays Act is a “Notifiable Instrument” rather than a “Disallowable Instrument”.

StrangeAttractor StrangeAttractor 12:14 pm 24 Sep 07

I’d thought that melbourne cup would be cancelled, equine flu and all 🙂

ant ant 10:03 pm 23 Sep 07

Our company indicated that we’d lose that day to make up for the extra holiday. I hope they don’t claw our day off us!

MrM MrM 9:22 pm 23 Sep 07

Ant: Most agreements have the capacity to observe extra public holidays where they are declared (either by law or through the actual text of the agreement), so don’t worry about losing a public holiday somewhere else.

boomacat boomacat 1:47 pm 23 Sep 07

The Federal Parliament doesn’t have to sit to overturn the ACT’s declaration of a public holiday; all it takes is for the Governor-General, acting on the advice of Cabinet, to disallow the public holiday.

The VAST majority of workers do bugger all on Melbourne Cup day, don’t see the big problem with declaring it a public holiday.

ant ant 12:08 pm 23 Sep 07

I think it’s something to do with agreements… there’s X many holidays in them. So if people get the November day, they lose a day somewhere else, like that extra day at Christmas.

diprotodon diprotodon 7:08 am 23 Sep 07

It’s typical Stanhopeless laziness that the public holiday hasn’t been gazetted, and its just over a month away. This gives businesses lots of time to plan.

MrM MrM 11:04 pm 22 Sep 07

Why would public servants lose that third day at Christmas? There’s no logical reason why that would happen – especially as that third day at Christmas isn’t a public holiday anyway.

Personally, I’m all for staying home on Melbourne Cup day – that way I don’t have to pretend to care about horse racing 🙂

sepi sepi 10:27 am 22 Sep 07

Not all public servants got that day at xmas.

And now you can invite your friends over for chicken and champagne and fancy hats, instead of your colleagues who you have to drink chmapagne to put up with.

ant ant 10:24 pm 21 Sep 07

It’s all a bit annoying. Public Servants will lose that 3rd day they get at Xmas. That 5 days was always awesome, 4 days just isn’t the same.

Melbourne Cup day is only fun if you’re at work, doing the silly hats and sweeps and greasy chicken thing. What on earth do you do at home?

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 10:05 pm 21 Sep 07

No amendment, no holiday. I understand from our HR boffins that the amendment was supposed to go through in August, but didn’t for some reason.

shiny flu shiny flu 9:48 pm 21 Sep 07

…lets just all take the day off work, that way we all can’t get in trouble.

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