Melbourne Cup Holiday

Kramer 29 July 2007 28

According to the ABC, Andrew Barr announced the ACT’s newest public holiday at the Labor Party Conference. Great! Another day off work, but should we (Canberra) really be celebrating Melbourne’s biggest party? Should we be encouraging gambling (we know Jon Stanhope is)? Isn’t there something better for us to celebrate, with our own public holiday? Maybe Scott 24 Hour Recovery Day on Monday 15 October – I’ll be taking the day off work anyway…

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28 Responses to Melbourne Cup Holiday
Thumper Thumper 8:13 am 01 Aug 07

I’ll just get on the piss on Monday night and then have a lazy day on Tuesday.

Or shoot off down the coast for some fishing and boogie boarding.

Kramer Kramer 10:01 pm 31 Jul 07

Too bad for ACTTAB, as I’ll probably disappear to go mountain biking and not get around to putting a bet on (as you do on a normal business day…).

Danman Danman 1:31 pm 31 Jul 07

and wednesday as an (alcohol induced) sickie as well.

marksta marksta 10:23 am 31 Jul 07

This echoes in a new wave of stupidity the Melbourne cup is run on a Tuesday. You would have to be insane not to realize a hell of a lot of people are going to make a holiday out of it and take Monday off as a sickie.

Business is going to love this.

Danman Danman 10:16 am 31 Jul 07

Thats EXACTLY what I was thinking thumper.

Just another boring day off now… whoop dee fucking doo.

Oh an dI work fpr the public service too – for everyones reference.

I am usually found to be at my desk at 0645 and can have call outs 24/7 for IT support or facilities management issues so please do not stereotype me as a lazy do nothing public servant.

Thumper Thumper 9:37 am 31 Jul 07

It’s been commented previously but the public holiday will actually remove the social aspects of the traditional work Melbourne Cup do.

People will just see it as a day off and simply lounge around home as opposed to the usual sweeps and chicken and champagne.

hairy nosed wombat hairy nosed wombat 9:30 am 31 Jul 07

This is no good, who is going to look after my kids while I go to the race track and get faced, like what most of the people who go there, do.

Absent Diane Absent Diane 8:15 am 31 Jul 07

We work too hard anyway.. far too much emphasis on working and too little on playing…

bd84 bd84 9:26 pm 30 Jul 07

It was only made official in the past day or so.. so that is why it was mentioned now and yes it was first discussed months ago… moving on now..

I don’t think most people will mind the extra day off.. except anyone who owns a business lol

I hold the opinion that it is really a load of bull, but I’m not complaining!

Instead of losing half a day work all government agencies will lose 2 days from their staff, everyone will now flex off on the Monday.. as Melbourne Cup.. sorry I mean “Family and Community Day” is a Tuesday, 4 day long weekend here we come!

Ah well Labor/Unions sure must miss their picnic day.. it wasn’t even a gazetted day off nor was it granted to everyone, only by the suckers of bosses.

I’ll enjoy my paid days off, thanks!

caf caf 8:14 pm 30 Jul 07

And you obviously don’t bother to read the other comments, because I’ve already posted a link to the old riotact story.

paperboy paperboy 6:53 pm 30 Jul 07

What on earth is going on with RiotAct. Not only was this news broken back in April (three months ago), but Johnboy posted it on RiotAct on April 6th. Nothing has changed. Just Labor re-releasing an old policy to attract the attention of some bored and out-of-date media!

terubo terubo 6:22 pm 30 Jul 07

For those who think public servants don’t work hard (OK, some don’t) – my last 3 days at work: 14hrs 5 mins; 7 hrs 25mins; 8 hrs 45mins.

-I eagerly await my public service medal next Queen’s Birthday.

Pandy Pandy 6:16 pm 30 Jul 07


Mr_Shab Mr_Shab 11:26 am 30 Jul 07

Whatever Dave does Danman, you can bet it’s more worthy than what you or I do. He obviously doesn’t have time to grow a brain.

caf caf 11:21 am 30 Jul 07

This was discussed here when it was mooted back in April.

DarkLadyWolfMother DarkLadyWolfMother 9:56 am 30 Jul 07

I work for a private company and we tend to take exactly the amount of time away from work to watch the cup and work out who won. The rest of the day is work as usual.

So I’d be happy with another day off. Though personally I think we should just take the holidays we already have and redistribute them more evenly throughout the year.

Danman Danman 9:28 am 30 Jul 07

So what do you do for a crust BigDave ?

Suck golfballs through hoses ?

Methinks BigDave doth protest too much

Thumper Thumper 9:16 am 30 Jul 07

Unbelievably ridiculous….

As much as I love having a day off this is just plain, well, ridiculous.

Maelinar Maelinar 8:56 am 30 Jul 07

If BigDave were to have an indian name, it would be Wanker-Who-Speaks.

BigDave BigDave 12:36 am 30 Jul 07

Oh, the poor public servants! Paid huge amounts of taxpayers money to sit on their arses. How terrible it’ll cost them that extra day! My heart bleeds…

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