Source: The Australian (Adelaide)
The Acting Premier of the Government of the Australian State of South Australia, John Rau, has announced that his government was considering a proposal to move the annual Queen's Birthday non-working public holiday in the Australian State of South Australia, from June to a new date in May which would coincide with the new date of the Adelaide Cup Race.
Under the aforementioned plan, the March public holiday, in the Australian State of South Australia, would remain but its official title would be changed from the Adelaide Cup holiday to a new one yet to be determined.
In 2006, the Adelaide Cup Day public holiday was shifted from its traditional May venue to the second Monday in March (13-Jul-2005), following the Adelaide Cup having been rained out for the second year in a row (21-May-2004).
This change was made formal the following year (31-Aug-2006), as per the "Holidays (Adelaide Cup) Proclamation 2006" (published in the Gazette on 31 August 2006 at page 3062), by which Monday, March 12, 2007, was declared to be a public holiday and bank holiday instead of Monday, May 21, 2007, a change which was to be reviewed annually, but which was not seriously challenged (15-Jul-2010, 24-Jan-2011, and 14-Mar-2011) until recently.
Since then, though, a 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.
Nonetheless, 2 years ago (13-Feb-2013), the Industrial Relations Minister of the Australian State of South Australia, John Rau, announced that the Adelaide Cup Day non-working public holiday would remain in March until 2015, at least.
A year later (11-Jan-2014), despite a last ditch attempt by those wanting to change the date of the Adelaide Cup Day non-working public holiday (21-Mar-2014), the Adelaide Cup Day non-working public holiday.
Then, earlier this year (08-Sep-2015), the Government of the Australian State of South Australia announced that the current freeze on the date of the second Monday of March non-working public holiday (often referred to as Adelaide Cup Day) would remain until 2019, at least, which was restated by the Executive Director of SafeWork SA, Marie Boland, as "Today's proclamation has confirmed that the holiday will remain on the second Monday in March for the three years from 2017 until 2019".
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