Source: The Brisbane Times (Brisbane)
Earlier today, the Premier of the Australian State of Queensland, Anna Bligh, released a discussion paper which suggests moving the Queen’s Birthday non-working public holiday to the second half of the year.
The main effect of such a change, included in a discussion paper, entitled "Getting the Balance Right: A Proposal on Holidays in Queensland", would be to increase the number of public holidays marked in the second half of the year to a total of 3. Currently, there are 8 public holidays in Queensland during the first half of the year to June, as opposed to just 2 in the second half of the year until Christmas.
A change in the date of the Queen's Birthday public holiday date has been proposed in the past in the State of Queensland (20-Oct-2009 and 06-Dec-2007), as well as in Tasmania (10-Jun-2008) and Victoria (26-Sep-2008).
In a similar vein, the Northern Territory Committee co-chair, Fran Kilgariff, had proposed cancelling the Queen's Birthday public holiday in exchange for the creation of a Northern Territory Day public holiday (04-Jul-2009), a move which Queensland Premier Bligh ruled-out for her State, last year (17-Jul-2010).
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