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Having another think about the Melbourne Cup holiday

By johnboy - 23 April 2009 31

Well we gave it a go. Instead of getting drunk in the office on Melbourne Cup day instead we had to spend it with our families and most people were not fans of the change.

John Hargreaves is now asking for community input as to what we should do with the public holiday now that the unions can have their picnic day back whenever they want it.

    “We now look to the future, and to assist in its decision making the Government would like to know people’s views. To help that process, the following suggestions are provided:

    — simply abolish Family and Community Day with no replacement public holiday;
    — permanently establish the first Tuesday in November, Family and Community Day as a public holiday; or
    — move the Family and Community Day public holiday to a more suitable day.

    “Public consultation will run until Friday 29 May 2009. People can email a submission to or post it to the F&C Day Unit, ACT Office of Industrial Relations, Chief Minister’s Department, GPO Box 158, Canberra ACT 2601. People can also contact Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.”

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Having another think about the Melbourne Cup holiday
Granny 6:14 pm 23 Apr 09

Good on you for sending in a submission, OzPhoenix!

: )

OzPhoenix 5:59 pm 23 Apr 09

I’d like to keep it and have sent an email saying so. I like having a public holiday in the later part of the year, because it seems like we only get public holidays in the first part of the year. And I like public holidays as they make me feel warm and fuzzy.

Now, that is not a word for word rendition of my submission, but it covers the gist of it. 🙂

Steady Eddie 5:20 pm 23 Apr 09

Scrap it altogether.

Holden Caulfield 5:03 pm 23 Apr 09

GnT said :

I think it was a ridiculous holiday, but I’m not going to vote to abolish a day off!

Hear, hear!

Horrid 4:31 pm 23 Apr 09

Make it early October, so that in election year it always falls just before the election. This will help ensure that any party that wants to eradicate it will themselves be eradicated in the assembly shortly thereafter.

Granny 4:15 pm 23 Apr 09

Well I sure hope p1 puts in a submission and caf doesn’t!

: P

caf 4:02 pm 23 Apr 09

Happy enough with it where it is, but if people want to move it, we could just shift it slightly to Remembrance Day.

trevar 3:58 pm 23 Apr 09

I liked the Tuesday holiday because my office closed for the Monday as well, and last year that meant we flew to Melbourne for the Cup… apparently quite a few places closed for an extra day, so it’s like two public holidays for the price of one, which is great from a worker’s perspective. Can’t be good for business, though. And what’s not good for business isn’t good for the economy, so I guess it should be scrapped or moved.


But if they scrap it, can we have a Day of Mourning for the lost public holiday?

p1 3:41 pm 23 Apr 09

I like your thinking granny. Plus, if the monday is a holiday, then it will be easier to take a four day weekend if you are into that kind of thing.

Granny 2:51 pm 23 Apr 09

Well, I have put in my submission as follows:

Dear Mr Hargreaves,

I am writing in support of the third option expressed – that of moving the Family and Community Day public holiday to a more suitable day. It would especially make sense to have the holiday on the Monday before the Melbourne Cup. I particularly disliked having it on cup day, and ended up missing the race altogether while waiting in a face-painting line. It would have been a nice event if it wasn’t also trying to be the Melbourne Cup.

Thanks for the opportunity to comment,

Skidbladnir 2:47 pm 23 Apr 09

I say we either keep it but rename it “Chicken Man Appreciation Day”, or do away with it, and force everyone back to work on Melbourne Cup day, so we can all drink champagne at work.

GnT 2:45 pm 23 Apr 09

I think it was a ridiculous holiday, but I’m not going to vote to abolish a day off!

Granny 2:35 pm 23 Apr 09

I vote to move the holiday to another day, and I will tell the Minister so also.

FC 2:12 pm 23 Apr 09

I liked having the day off.
Usually half the day is taken up by people arranging sweeps, having lunches and drinking and watching the race. And as I don’t really have any interest in any of those activities while at work – I would prefer just to get the day off to do as I please.

Kramer 1:54 pm 23 Apr 09

With the holiday last year, it was the first time in ages I hadn’t bet on the race (mainly as I was too busy making a holiday out of the day, rather than a bludgy day at work). So I reckon ACTTAB saw decreased revenues with the public holiday last year, and would like to see it made a work day again.

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