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Melbourne Cup to be a public holiday

By johnboy 6 April 2007 26

The ABC reports that Andrew Barr has decided we all miss union picnic day so much (those very few of us who observe the day) that he’s going to make Melbourne Cup Day a public holiday.

So instead of getting happily drunk in our offices we’re going to be forced to spend time with our families.

The cost to business really is minimal, for all that they will whinge, the little bit of lost productivity in the morning is likely well offset by the drunken screwups in the afternoon.

But who will the real winners be? The racecourse will be well pleased, and I imagine the licenced clubs will do an extraordinary trade.

Gotta look after your mates comrade.

UPDATED: Bill Stefaniak’s response is quite incandescent in its opposition to this move.

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szeretetta 1:59 pm 08 Apr 07

Melbourne Cup is a whole day public holiday in Melbourne, not a half day like SGS stated. Instead, it only applies to the Melbourne metropolitan area – once you’re out of the suburbs, it is just a normal day.

emd 12:15 pm 08 Apr 07

I’m with the other summer folk. Yay for days off in daylight saving with nice weather!

Fiona 9:29 am 08 Apr 07

A tuesday ph each year, means another monday off in flex. 4 day weekend!

futto 11:09 pm 07 Apr 07

hey SG! Those five months are the only time any work gets done! every other time, people are coming and going.

I enjoy working in a heated office in winter on someone else’s dime. Save my holidays for the summer months.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart 10:42 pm 07 Apr 07

Read the comment again Kennardly, not once did I refer to the second half of the year.

October – Labour Day
December – Christmas, Boxing Day
January – New Years Day, Australia Day
March – Canberra Day
April – Good Friday, Easter Monday (I’m ignoring the Sunday as it doesn’t have any effect on a weekday), Anzac Day
June – Queens Birthday

October-April is a seven month period with nine holidays in it. The other five months have one holiday. Surely it would be better to spread the holidays out a bit by putting one in August or early September than adding yet another holiday to the October-April holidayfest.

kennardly 10:16 pm 07 Apr 07

Samuel, what the hell? Besides Christmas there is only one public holiday in the second half of the year – overcrowded?

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