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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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Yossarian 5:34 pm 24 Apr 09

I correct myself: Awards, not agreements.

Thumper 8:02 am 24 Apr 09

Cynical political exercise it may have been, but I want my public holiday.

Speaking of which, I heard Hargreaves this morning on 666 justifying why he’ll have to take it away. Interestingly he was using all the excuses people used when they where against the public holiday in the first place.

However, we will get it this year.

Growling Ferret 6:54 am 24 Apr 09

I liked it. The bride and our kiddie, and five other families all got together, had a bbq, a couple of quiet beers, and spent the day with family and community.

We have not done it since, but plan on remeeting again later in the year – on family and community day.

Keep it.

Pandy 1:33 am 24 Apr 09

Canberra: the place that gets 2 public holidays more than most other states. Ahh the place for shinny bums.

poppy 11:20 pm 23 Apr 09

I’m not in favor of extra public holidays like the Melbourne cup day because I don’t get paid leave. I like to have time off work but I want to be able to choose the days I want off not take time off on a day dictated to me.

By forcing me to have time off on Melbourne cup day that is one less day off I can afford to have at a time of my choosing.

Granny 10:52 pm 23 Apr 09

Arrrrrrrr!! … Now ye be talkin’!

Primal 10:42 pm 23 Apr 09

Move it to September 19 – International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

YapYapYap 10:01 pm 23 Apr 09

Nup. Union picnic day was a right for a range of people employed under certain awards – it was never at the whim of, or subject to, employer agreemnet.

bd84 9:51 pm 23 Apr 09

Well it was a macho excuse by stanhopeless in protest for workchoices disallowing the union picnic day, the thought was flawed in the first place. Given that the union picnic day was never a right of anyone, and was only allowable with negotiation with the employer for the very few who bothered to annoy their employer with the inconvenience.

Though nobody is going to turn down an extra day off and the more public holidays the better is my motto. I do think a better day could be found, maybe even one day move would do.

YapYapYap 9:49 pm 23 Apr 09

delete the ? – damned finger

YapYapYap 9:48 pm 23 Apr 09

I want an FnC Day every month?

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