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South Australia To Review Half-Day Public Holidays
 
(Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012)

Source: The Australian (Adelaide)

The Industrial Relations Minister of the Australian State of South Australia, Russell Wortley, has announced that his ministry had asked Fair Work Australia to review the 2 half-day public holidays declared as part of last spring's amendments to the Holidays Act 1910 (SA).

Last Spring (22-Mar-2012), the South Australian Government had passed the amendments to the Holidays Act 1910 (SA) that had been announced earlier the same month (04-Mar-2012), and which include part-day public holidays on Christmas Eve (December 24) and New Years Eve (December 31) as well as the removal of Sundays from the definition of what constitutes a non-working public holiday in the Australian state of South Australia. Note, however, that these new December 24 and December 31 public holidays only apply from 19:00 (7pm) to midnight.

Previous to that, the last change to the official list of non-working public holiday in the Australian state of South Australia had been in 2006, when the 2007 Adelaide Cup public holiday was moved from May to March (31-Aug-2006 and 12-Jul-2006) where it has stayed since then (15-Jul-2010, 24-Jan-2011, and 14-Mar-2011).

Since then, though, the public holidays review commissioned by South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill, came back with recommendations that South Australian public holidays be changed to reduce the crowding of events in March (13-Sep-2012 and 23-Jul-2012). These recommended changes to the current Holidays Act 1910 (SA) would see the move of South Australia's Queen's Birthday public holiday from June to May, so that the annual Adelaide Cup could be run on a public holiday. The current Adelaide Cup public holiday in march would then be renamed as the Adelaide Festivals Day public holiday and remain in March.

Related links and worldwide public holidays news updates:
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 2016-01-09: South Australian 2018 Public Holidays Released
 2015-01-12: South Australian 2017 Public Holidays Released
 2014-01-11: South Australian 2016 Public Holidays Released
 2013-02-18: South Australia 2015 Public Holidays Released
 2012-09-13: South Australian Public Holidays Amendments Update
 2012-07-23: South Australian Public Holidays Amendments
 2012-03-22: Australia Adds 2 SA Public Holidays
 2012-03-04: Australian SA Public Holidays Reviewed
 2011-03-14: Australia Adelaide Cup Public Holiday Will Remain In March
 2011-01-24: Australia Rejects Adelaide Cup Public Holiday Change
 2010-07-15: Australia Keeps Adelaide Cup Public Holiday In March
 2006-08-31: Australia Gazettes Adelaide Cup Public Holiday Change
 2006-07-12: Australia Confirms Adelaide Cup Public Holiday Date Change


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