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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.

What’s Your opinion?


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Family and Community day – success or failure
BerraBoy68 10:17 am 05 Nov 08

Success. I spent the day with the family and some good friends at the Cotter. Very nice.

Work isn’t everyting folks. Here’s something I’ve kept private till now. Earlier this year I had a breakdown. While this was due to agreat many factors in my past, one of them is I was spending too much time at work and not enough with my family or friends. This is a hidden problem in Canberra.

The amount of people I know that have come to me since I was open about my breakdown (read depression, anxiety and stress) admitting that they have also had breakdowns but want it kept quite is staggering. If yesterday’s holiday encourages a few people to spend some quality time with their families or friends just de-stressing, I can’t see it as being a bad thing.

p1 10:13 am 05 Nov 08

I outlaid about $3 and got back a schooner of beer…

Fiona 10:12 am 05 Nov 08

I spent the day home by myself. It was wonderfully peaceful 🙂 Oh except to head out for some shopping – nice and quiet at teh shopping centres around 3pm!

Holden Caulfield 9:53 am 05 Nov 08

I outlaid $71 and only “won” back around $15, so, for me, the day was an abject failure. :p

Overheard 9:52 am 05 Nov 08

Thumper said :

Mr Stanhope has called for this public holiday to be reviewed

Sorry? Did I misunderstand this?

What an incredibly hypercritical thing to say. What Jon? It no longer suits your political agenda to have a holiday so you’ll treat the Canberra voting public with contempt?

Thumper, to make sense of the reasons for his wanting to review (not necessarily cancel) the day, you need the context around why he’s suggesting the review (none of which was included above in the original post).

I don’t have a link handy, but a web search or two should bring it up. It was discussed briefly on the other thread about this day.

justbands 9:45 am 05 Nov 08

I spent the day taking my son & a friend of his fishing…very family & community I thought.

neanderthalsis 9:39 am 05 Nov 08

I was under the impression that the entire point of the day off was to encourage people to take a sickie on Monday and then to teach their kids the value of gambling on tuesday.

Learning to bet on the GG’s teaches many valuable lifeskills and employability skills: literacy & numeracy skills in reading the form guide and figuring the odds, problem solving skills, use of technology, planning and organising, innovation and enterprise, the list goes on.

justbands 9:36 am 05 Nov 08

> I thought it was called “Tacit Admission This Dump Is Run By The CFMEU And Inhabited By A Bunch Of Slackarsed Public Servants So No Work Will Be Done After Lunchtime Anyway Day”.

Well, it is called “the race that stops the nation”, not “the race that stops the national capital”. ie. Canberra is not alone. Besides, if it’s such a dump…leave!

deye 9:36 am 05 Nov 08

The pubs looked like they were making out like bandits.

Snarky 9:31 am 05 Nov 08

I was cabbing yesterday afternoon and night. Had exactly no passengers going to or from Family and Community Fun Day events but many, many drunken Melbourne Cup partygoers right up till 1am.
How many people were there at Family and Community Fun Day?

Mary Whitehouse 8:29 am 05 Nov 08

I thought it was called “Tacit Admission This Dump Is Run By The CFMEU And Inhabited By A Bunch Of Slackarsed Public Servants So No Work Will Be Done After Lunchtime Anyway Day”.

Granny 8:21 am 05 Nov 08

I missed the race stuck in the gargantuan face-painting queue at the Family and Community Fun Day.

In fact, I spent nearly the whole three hours stuck in seemingly endless queues at the Family and Community Fun Day.

For a Melbourne Cup it made a good union picnic. For the kids anyway.

Whatsup 8:02 am 05 Nov 08

Our family enjoyed a quiet morning followed by a walk around Commonwealth Park yesterday afternoon. The park was busy so I think it was a success.

Thumper 8:01 am 05 Nov 08

Mr Stanhope has called for this public holiday to be reviewed

Sorry? Did I misunderstand this?

What an incredibly hypercritical thing to say. What Jon? It no longer suits your political agenda to have a holiday so you’ll treat the Canberra voting public with contempt?

flying doormat 7:58 am 05 Nov 08

There already is a public holiday in the middle of the year – June long weekend

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