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The biggest stuff up in the immediate history of Canberra

By Maelinar 17 January 2008 38

We have just been notified at work that the ACT Government has introduced a bill to amend the Holidays Act to better align the Canberra Day public holiday with Canberra’s birthday.The legislation changes the day of the Canberra Day public holiday to the second Monday in March each year, starting from 2008.

Canberra Day 2008 will now be celebrated on Monday 10 March.Your diaries, desk calendars and ‘bunch of dates’ may currently show Canberra Day as 17 March – please make note of the change.For more information about the change to Canberra Day visit the ACT Cheif Minister’s website 


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el ......VNBerlinaV8 10:08 pm 20 Jan 08

More training for would-be pirates would help alleviate this problem
You know it’s right.

Thumper 7:46 pm 20 Jan 08

As I said, it’s not the government we need to blame, it’s global warming (whoops, sorry, Climate Change…)

nyssa76 10:17 am 20 Jan 08

It’s not like it was at the top of my inane BS list for 2008 el.

Here’s hoping they get it right next year and actually commiunciate properly with the relevant businesses.

el ......VNBerlinaV8 7:10 pm 19 Jan 08

Um, I knew about this last year, as did many other people.

I find it hard to blame the ACT Government (as stupid as they are) for the incompetence of diary/planner publishers.

nyssa76 6:19 pm 19 Jan 08

Adza, for my job I do rely on my calendar/diary.

I spend $20-60 a year on a teacher’s planner which is meant to be up to date and includes Canberra Day.

The day is ‘blocked off’ but that’s ok, I’ll fix it.

If it was of such importance, the ACT Govt should have mentioned it more than just in March last year.

FFS, it’s meant to be an important day in the history of the Canberra region.

Adza 2:15 am 19 Jan 08

Nyssa76, I never rely on calendars for public holidays, I always check the official public holiday websites, but I guess thats just because of where I work and the need to get them super-correct.

For info, my desk calendar is wrong, but my diary and electronic diary are both correct.

Maybe blame the publishers for not checking before the print run??

Shannski 12:32 pm 18 Jan 08

Isn’t too bad, my partners birthday is on the 7th of march, My little brothers is on the 12th, more time to par-tay.

With St Pats day… Us Irish know how to celebrate… anything really, we dont need a day, we just need a pub with allot on tap

caf 12:24 pm 18 Jan 08

If I was in the business of making calendars, I’d consider it part of my job to make sure I’m up to date on the public holidays, not expect it to be spoonfed to me.

Just sayin.

nyssa76 12:04 pm 18 Jan 08

GnT, but they are ‘advised’ by the Govt.

We all can’t just make certain dates public holidays.

If we could, I’d make 17 March Canberra Day just so I could celebrate St Paddy’s all day.

Thumper 11:45 am 18 Jan 08

I blame global warming..

no, sorry, it’s now climate change

stan_bowles 11:44 am 18 Jan 08

People seemed more chilled about it the first time round

GnT 11:41 am 18 Jan 08

Blame the calendar manufacturers, not the government. If the gov released the info last year, it’s up to the calendar/diary makers to ensure they have the correct dates.

So quick to blame the government for everything.

Androyd 11:22 am 18 Jan 08

Also means three 4-day weeks in a row, given Easter is early this year. Not a bad thing!

Mælinar 11:20 am 18 Jan 08

I’d suggest you consider keeping on with your plan about emailing your mates, as for most it will be new news.

My Department only circulated the advice yesterday – in any event its a good thing to be aware of, apart from the bit about having to take leave on St Pats day if you want to spend it at the pub.

Skidbladnir 11:13 am 18 Jan 08

That would mean that people who worked in the relevant ACT Govt offices would need to communcate relevant information to counterparts on time.

They are unable to do this because they are all too busy reading RiotAct.

nyssa76 11:10 am 18 Jan 08

So again, why wasn’t this transfered to diaries/calendars etc?

How hard would it have been?

Holden Caulfield 11:08 am 18 Jan 08

Farkn, this was announced in March last year! You got me sucked in emailing all my mates and when I looked for a date on the media release there wasn’t one. So a bit more digging using the search field and I discovered that this release went public last year! Here’s the text from the mayor’s website…



View Media Release

caf 11:03 am 18 Jan 08

I remember hearing about it last year too. In fact, I think I heard about it right here!

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