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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?

bubzie 4:36 pm 05 Nov 08

Failure!!!

i was at work, and apparently we’re not getting double time an a half for it.

Hmmph.

housebound 4:36 pm 05 Nov 08

Sorry, stuffed up the quotes. Try:

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?

Because it gives everyone a day off. Maybe people would be forced to discover another aspect of life.

housebound 4:35 pm 05 Nov 08

peterh said :

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?

Because it gives everyone a day off. Maybe people would be forced to discover another aspect of life.

stray 4:28 pm 05 Nov 08

I hail it a success, but thats probaly as I am one of those lucky “slackers” who was able to take rec days from fri-mon and then the tues free, my partner and I enjoyed a very wonderous 5 day holiday and arrived home and then back to work this morning feeling refreshed and relaxed.
It was a wonderful break and something we are both very pleased to have been able to take advantage of despite the two of us being the only members of our ‘family’.

It’d be a shame to lose this day as a nice, stress free treat before the madness and obligation of the next two months before Christmas, and as someone said (sorry no reference) I too had no drinking or gambling because I was away from the office, and instead indulged in outside healthy activities instead.

peterh 3:41 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?

because the population of adelaide is mainly older australians, from ethnic backgrounds that, whilst diverse, still seem to visit church on sunday morning. Once the oldies get too old, they are shuttled to victor harbor.

adelaide has never had a poll re sunday trading. maybe it would change if it did, but it hasn’t and probably won’t change until then.

p1 3:32 pm 05 Nov 08

And how come churches are allowed to be open when all other businesses have to close?

justbands 3:26 pm 05 Nov 08

> 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?

peterh 3:23 pm 05 Nov 08

justbands said :

Yes, try Adelaide on a Sunday morning..nothing open, nothing at all.

as it should be! though, I can still go down to the findon road takeaway for a pie on sunday, and crafers has some pubs running sunday night, but sunday morning is time for church. ain’t called city of churches for nothing….

justbands 3:01 pm 05 Nov 08

Yes, try Adelaide on a Sunday morning..nothing open, nothing at all.

peterh 2:59 pm 05 Nov 08

Jim Jones said :

justbands said :

when are they supposed to shop if nothing is open on weekends?

I wonder about this with a lot of businesses. Wouldn’t it make sense to close down on a monday/tuesday or whatever, and then be open on the weekend when the wage slaves are actually available to purchase your good/service? Ditto with opening hours – the 9 to 5 thing seems odd (particularly in a town full of wage slaves).

after a visit to brisbane, it hit home how much we are spoilt in the ACT. Late night shopping on a friday, some stores open till midnight, all these things are extremely foreign in QLD. It made us very careful as to the number of nappies, tins of formula etc. the 7 eleven became our late night milk & bread run place.

Jim Jones 2:33 pm 05 Nov 08

justbands said :

when are they supposed to shop if nothing is open on weekends?

I wonder about this with a lot of businesses. Wouldn’t it make sense to close down on a monday/tuesday or whatever, and then be open on the weekend when the wage slaves are actually available to purchase your good/service? Ditto with opening hours – the 9 to 5 thing seems odd (particularly in a town full of wage slaves).

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