Canberrans to be given an extra day off in 2020

Dominic Giannini 18 December 2019 35
Poppies at the AWM

ACT residents will have an extra day off to mark Anzac Day in 2020. Photo: Jack Mohr.

The ACT Government has announced that Territorians will have an extra public holiday in 2020 on the Monday following Anzac Day, which falls on a Saturday next year.

The new public holiday will be in addition to the Anzac Day holiday on Saturday, 25 April, bringing the ACT in line with Western Australia, which will also observe Monday as an extra day off.

Minister for Employment and Workplace Safety Suzanne Orr said the move will allow residents to mark Anzac Day over a long weekend.

“Anzac Day is a historically and culturally significant time for many Canberrans and should be marked as a holiday for everyone,” she said.

“The ACT Government recognises this and is declaring this public holiday to allow Canberrans to reflect, while spending quality time with friends and family.”

Ceremonial events and activities will still be held on the Saturday.

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35 Responses to Canberrans to be given an extra day off in 2020
Robert Smith-Williams Robert Smith-Williams 10:55 am 24 Feb 20

ACT Government doesn't seem to understand that this is a brutal attack on a specific kind of small business who trade mainly on weekends, which is mainly small guys. Just a flat-out income loss. Nothing else to show.

Vanisha Nand Vanisha Nand 9:41 am 09 Dec 19

Khushbu Nand suckerrrrrr

Cate Mabey Cate Mabey 8:17 am 09 Dec 19

Beauty, I think I’ll be backfilling you then 👏

Gabriel Spacca Gabriel Spacca 10:16 pm 07 Dec 19

2020 isn’t an election year, is it?

Stacey Curtis Stacey Curtis 5:46 pm 07 Dec 19

Why couldn’t they have decided this earlier?

Jen Maher Jen Maher 2:19 pm 07 Dec 19

Small business thanks you ✌🏻

Janine McPherson Janine McPherson 12:55 pm 07 Dec 19

Not good for small businesses having to pay for another public holiday

Gilavon Gilavon 11:39 am 07 Dec 19

Why? It’s like the absurd “Trades & Labour Picnic Day” (or whatever it’s called now) designed to give poor hard-working tradies more time with their families ! Once they’ve finished work for the day what do tradies do with the remaining 16 hours?

Mitchell Gibbs Mitchell Gibbs 11:37 am 07 Dec 19

Jayne Maree maybe another day

Jane Smith Jane Smith 11:17 am 07 Dec 19

shhhhh, the other kids will get upset!! 🙀

Amanda Watson Amanda Watson 7:48 am 07 Dec 19

Cate Mabey if this is new, I didn’t factor it in to the schedules 😬

Acton Acton 6:25 am 07 Dec 19

This undermines and diminishes the significance of Anzac Day. Making a holiday on days before or after Anzac Day changes the perception of 25 April as a special day of reflection and turns in into just another day off. But should it surprise us that the ACT government is hostile to the concept of Anzac Day?

    Capital Retro Capital Retro 6:34 pm 07 Dec 19

    There will be more reflection from the bottom of a beer glass than reflection of a spritual kind.

Stewart Oxford Stewart Oxford 12:54 am 07 Dec 19

Woohoo!! At the moment we have 94 likes, and 6 loves, and only 4 cranky faces. So why does Facebook not show these emoticons in correct proportion. The cranky faces would be a tiny dot in that case.

Kylie Beer Kylie Beer 10:27 pm 06 Dec 19

Kath Ann, it’s like they were listening!

Rod Wark Rod Wark 10:11 pm 06 Dec 19

Can you pay our staff then, 2 days at P-hol rates!!’ How to cruel small businesses

    Trish Roberts Trish Roberts 11:47 am 07 Dec 19

    Rod Wark Yes.

    Jack Hearps Jack Hearps 12:13 pm 07 Dec 19

    Rod Wark stats say public holidays and long weekends boost economy! Go figure.

    Rod Wark Rod Wark 1:14 pm 07 Dec 19

    Jack Hearps they most likely do Jack but not for my business.

Greg Newton Greg Newton 10:07 pm 06 Dec 19

ANZAC day should never be about the public holiday. Its not just a day off work. It’s about remembering the horrors of war and acknowledging the courage and sacrifice of those involved.

Mel Smith Mel Smith 9:52 pm 06 Dec 19

Lisa Hivers first day back term 2

    Lisa Hivers Lisa Hivers 10:30 pm 06 Dec 19

    Mel Smith - I’ve just emailed to myself so we can add to calendar.

Christopher Rompotis Christopher Rompotis 9:48 pm 06 Dec 19

Ruby this is why you should stay 😂😂😂

Cassie Stapleton Cassie Stapleton 9:47 pm 06 Dec 19

What about the rest of the country - this should be made national

Nikkie Harper Nikkie Harper 9:42 pm 06 Dec 19

Erik Hofsink - need to adjust that 2020 calendar again!

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