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An Open Letter to the Chief Minister on Public Holidays

By Willozap - 31 May 2010 12

Dear Chief Minister,

cc: the-riotact.com

I think we can all agree that Public Holidays in the ACT have been a matter of some vexation these past few years. It seems to me that the decision of when to place them throughout the year is one of those issues you’d rather not deal with: someone is always bound to be miffed by your final choice.

Well – I’d like to suggest a solution that could take the problem off your hands, whilst giving a significant PR and community building coup for Canberra.

Why don’t we use Web2.0 technologies to make public holidays public?

Think of it this way: you could decide on a set number of public holidays per year (is it 12? 15?), and then the community could decide where to place them using a web suggestion and voting system.

Community decision making like this is not unique; Brisbane last year took the insightful decision of allowing the community to name a new bridge. This not only gave the people of Brisbane more ownership over the process and outcomes of naming the bridge, it gave the city itself a positive vibe: not for Brisbane a bridge named stuffily for a local dignitary, instead the community chose to honour a Brisbane band that made it big. (The band name was somehow fitting as well, with the eventual ‘Go Between Bridge’ a happy play on words).

Yes, there are risks in this; the community may decide to celebrate Star Wars Day (May the 4th), rather than Family and Community Day. But really, wouldn’t that be a win for us all?

Yours etc,

Will J Grant

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12 Responses to
An Open Letter to the Chief Minister on Public Holidays
One 8:18 pm 02 Jun 10

Web 2.0 in the ACT Government?

For use by the Public?

Not a chance – Our ACT Government don’t want to view any content that shows their failed policy. I also do not think they will ever come to the 21st centry because it would require the same ACT Govenment to answer a lot of questions about its fraud before the courts.

Sorry but its a simple reason of making it legal. It will be legal after our ACT Government has finished however being locked up for expressing your views isn’t what the Internet was created for but we all know what it will become once the ALP has had its way.

sexynotsmart 9:01 pm 31 May 10

Willozap said :

“Why don’t we use Web2.0 technologies to make public holidays public?

Ooh, those amazing Web 2.0 technologies. Is there anything they can’t do?

Public consultation = GOOD. And this seems like a sensible issue for that. I mean the days themselves are arbitrary any. The results would probably see us celebrating Justin Bieber’s birthday or the first edition of Twilight, but who cares? It’s not like a bad outcome screws anyone over.

But do we really have to badge the discussion with the latest Gartner buzzword?

‘Voluntary electronic voting’ and ‘plebiscite’ have more meaning and better describe the proposal. And amazingly, they don’t make you sound like an Arts/Politics undergrad who smashed their iPhone screen while skateboarding and reading ZDnet at the same time, but thought they could still make out some of the words.

Woody Mann-Caruso 8:46 pm 31 May 10

Four day weekends every solstice and equinox. Problem solved.

Willozap 7:57 pm 31 May 10

“I think that you are missing the point. It is not saying do you want Christmas in December or June, but rather would you like a public holiday on the 25th of Dec, or would you prefer it on some other day.”

Absolutely – I’m not suggesting any particular day should or shouldn’t be a public holiday – I’m just suggesting that if we had the ability to vote on them, we might be able spread them through the year a bit more and celebrate holidays we as a community are actually interested in (personally I believe that other days are more relevant to me than the Queen’s Birthday).

Concerns about this would be run are totally legitimate… But I’m just floating a balloon here, not solving all details of how it would work.

(It’s also worth saying that, from a political theory point of view, a system like this solves the problem of government support for particular religious holidays above others, whilst still making it likely that we’d get our four day weekend at Easter and week of overeating at Christmas).

p1 5:35 pm 31 May 10

Yeah lets move ANZAC Day to a more convenient time. Christmas feels weird in December – lets move it to July, and the Queens Birthday lets move it to Her Majesty’s actual birthday. I dont think so.

I think that you are missing the point. It is not saying do you want Christmas in December or June, but rather would you like a public holiday on the 25th of Dec, or would you prefer it on some other day.

Not that I think this is a very serious suggestion. Maybe a vote on Melb Cup day during the election?

Pork Hunt 5:17 pm 31 May 10

bd84 said :

people suggesting their own birthday for a start…

That’s it bd84, you’ve hit the nail on the head. Every one gets a public holiday on their birthday!!

Clown Killer 4:47 pm 31 May 10

Yeah lets move ANZAC Day to a more convenient time. Christmas feels weird in December – lets move it to July, and the Queens Birthday lets move it to Her Majesty’s actual birthday. I dont think so.

bd84 4:41 pm 31 May 10

Gee a letter to the Chief Minister carbon copied to the riotact, now that will definately be taken very seriously.

Great idea, we would get suggestions for public holidays on every day of the year and that will just be people suggesting their own birthday for a start, then add in all the other rediculous ideas and the idea to suggest using the web to do such a thing is really a stupid idea in itself.

Mathman 3:57 pm 31 May 10

But why would you want to make Stars Wars Day or Talk Like a Pirate Day a public holiday when the entire purpose of the day is to have some fun with your work colleagues. Who the hell wants to sit at home talking like a pirate to themselves! It would be as dumb as making Melbourne Cup Day a public holiday.

As for using Web 2.0 to come up with a sensible choice – just ask Vegimite what they think of that idea now.

p1 3:38 pm 31 May 10

I quite like this idea. I am especially fond of it if all current public holidays are included in the system (Christmas, easter, etc).

Of course the part of my brain normally covered by my tinfoil hat makes me ask how we could be sure that the voting was legit and not rigged like other electronic voting, such as Big Brother and US presidential votes.

My vote is for September 19

georgesgenitals 3:30 pm 31 May 10

And I’m sure no-one would take the trivially easy technical steps needed to contaminate the results with their own bizarre input.

Plus, we wouldn’t be able to forward plan around public holidays as easily.

pierce 3:24 pm 31 May 10

I am not a crackpot

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