The biggest stuff up in the immediate history of Canberra

Maelinar 18 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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38 Responses to The biggest stuff up in the immediate history of Canberra
hingo hingo 5:21 pm 17 Jan 08

Oh for f*cks sake. I just put in my leave for the Melbourne Grand Prix the other day and didn’t bother taking the Monday off because it was a public holiday. Thanks for the early notice you numpty pricks.

astrojax astrojax 5:34 pm 17 Jan 08

why is it not possible for you to celebrate your irish and canberan ancestry at the same time? eat green sheep…

Cameron Cameron 5:35 pm 17 Jan 08

Meh. Least St Patrick’s day is now a public holiday.

Mr Waffle Mr Waffle 5:58 pm 17 Jan 08

This ticked off a lot of people I know; it ruined their plans to take the 3 days off that week (Friday is Good Friday) to get a nice long break…

JC JC 6:35 pm 17 Jan 08

It makes a lot of sense for future years, I never could understand why it was always a week or so past the real date. But to change it this year and so close is stupid, for all the reasons above. People make plans well in advance these days.

Fiona Fiona 6:46 pm 17 Jan 08

If it was the 17th then we’d get the monday and friday off in the same week this year as it’s good friday on the 21st … would be a quiet three days inthe middle…

nyssa76 nyssa76 7:33 pm 17 Jan 08

By all means, bring it in for 2009.

Don’t pull it up 2 months from the date FFS.

I loved the thought of St Paddy’s Day on Canberra Day. Plus, a small week at work.

ACT Govt, you’re a pack of morons and I can’t wait until the election.

tybreaker tybreaker 7:39 pm 17 Jan 08

St Pats day will still happen – but who cares about it anyway? This is Australia, not bloody Ireland! Assimmilate!

el ......VNBerlinaV8 el ......VNBerlinaV8 7:44 pm 17 Jan 08

Any excuse to get stupidly drunk tybreaker.

Dante Dante 7:48 pm 17 Jan 08

This was a media release from the 8th of March 2007.

Biggest stuff up in the immediate history of Canberra? This was arranged before Canberra Day last year!

Get some perspective people.

GnT GnT 7:53 pm 17 Jan 08

Definitely makes more sense having it on the 2nd Monday, since the real Canberra Day is 12 March.

el ......VNBerlinaV8 el ......VNBerlinaV8 7:58 pm 17 Jan 08

Surely there’s a chicken shop owner who’s going to be devastated by all this?

nyssa76 nyssa76 8:08 pm 17 Jan 08

If the actual day is the 12th, then it should be on the 12th every year, not the 2nd Monday of the year.

Why are we stuck with such morons in Govt?

Dante, that may well be the case, however, all dates given for diaries, teacher planners (ACT Govt), calendars etc all state the 17th. So if it was decided LAST year, then one would assume (and correctly) that the dates would have been reflected in the said documents mentioned above.

It’s not rocket science.

p1 p1 8:36 pm 17 Jan 08

hope too many people haven’t booked plane tickets or anything like that…

Adza Adza 11:01 pm 17 Jan 08

We were told about this last year.. it’s not new news.

LIC LIC 11:38 pm 17 Jan 08

“ACT Govt, you’re a pack of morons and I can’t wait until the election.” Nyssa – the problem here is that the choice is between the ALP morons and the even worse morons the Liberals offer.

Pandy Pandy 7:55 am 18 Jan 08

I too assumed that from my calendar the 18th was a holidayand the week before Easter I could have made a weeks holiday out of it. Bugger: another leave form has to go in.

Thumper Thumper 8:47 am 18 Jan 08

The biggest stuff up IS ACT government.

What is it with this mob and public holidays, first we have Melbourne cup day (a cynical anti Howard move), now we don’t, then this…

Mælinar Mælinar 8:58 am 18 Jan 08

Mælinar’s official policy is – Screw Canberra day, I would rather celebrate drink green beer day.

nyssa76 nyssa76 9:55 am 18 Jan 08

Adza, you can say it all you like, the fact of the matter is that the CALENDARS weren’t changed to reflect the new date and people have put in leave forms for holidays and will now have to change them.

It’s called better planning and forethought. I mean how hard is it to call up the people who organise calendars etc and tell them the new date BEFORE the printing process happens?

Mael, here, here!

LIC, it makes me want to run this year, but I don’t have the time or the money! 🙂

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