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Family and Community day – success or failure

By stirred408 - 5 November 2008 49

I am sure this topic has popped up on RiotACT before.  Today was the second (?) family and community day public holiday.

Mr Stanhope has called for this public holiday to be reviewed.  Chris Peters from the Chamber of Commerce says we don’t need another public holiday at all.  If we  have to have one it should be on a Monday (to avoid having people take Monday off for an extra long wekend).

I say if it is going to be replaced by another day – lets have it in August.  There are not holidays in the middle of the year and it would be good to have a break in it.

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bonnie123 6:56 pm 06 Nov 08

i am not sure about success or failure but for me it is abit failure as i had to stay for half an hour to get a spot for my son to play jumping castle for only about 3 mins and i had a problem with long queue with toilet as not enough in my opinion. Anyway my kids liked it. Thanks!!!!!!

Holierthanthou 8:06 am 06 Nov 08

HtT Jr. got tonsillitis. Obviously a plot by the Chamber of Commerce.

gertel 10:42 pm 05 Nov 08

Regarding the whole Chamber of Commerce whinge – if someone wants to buy a new tv, a toaster or a pair of socks (whatever) – they are not going to suddenly not buy that item just because Tuesday was a public holiday and the shops were closed for a day. So are the retailers really losing money? The sales figures would be higher the days before or after the holiday surely.

bd84 10:22 pm 05 Nov 08

I also enjoyed the Melbourne Cup get-together at work, though the ACT Government’s reason for creating the “community and family day” was a load of sht in the first place. “To replace the union picnic day that was removed due to the new industrial relations laws were passed”. Firstly nobody was actually entitled to that day off in the first place, unless you came to an arrangement with your employer, which probably involved you making the time up anyway.

While I do think another public holiday is a fine idea (who wouldn’t want an extra day off??) I think that they can come up with a better day to hold it on.. preferably it shouldn’t be on a Tuesday!

sepi 8:42 pm 05 Nov 08

“Shopping” is a pretty poor leisure activity really.

It’s just a pity there’s almost nothing else to do in Civic these days.

blaringmike 8:37 pm 05 Nov 08

What a great day it was. I’m not a fan of the racing so I spent my time outdoors and had a ball.

Why do ppl whine about holidays. Some ppl have lives which dont revolve around work and shopping. Everywhere I went yesterday there were families out enjoying the day together. What would the Chamber of Commerce rather? Oh that’s right, they dont give a stuff about workers or families, they only want the $$$.

BerraBoy68 6:16 pm 05 Nov 08

grunge_hippy said :

it made today a struggle… i kept thinking it was monday!!

+1. Almost missed a meeting too!

grunge_hippy 6:10 pm 05 Nov 08

it made today a struggle… i kept thinking it was monday!!

BerraBoy68 4:47 pm 05 Nov 08

justbands said :

> as it should be!

Errrr…why? Just ’cause some religous nutters want to go give their souls to some god or another, why should that inconvenience the rest of us?

So I take it you’ll be working Christmas day and Easter then Justbands, or are these religious holidays somehow different?

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