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Australia's ACT Moves November Public Holiday
 
(Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009)

Source: ABC (Canberra)

The government of Australia's Australia Capital Territory (ACT) has finally decided on the future of the November, Family and Community Day public holiday, moving its date to the first week of the September/October school holidays.

The ACT's Holidays Act 1958 will be amended accordingly.

The Family and Community Day public holiday was introduced to the ACT in late 2007, effective beginning in 2008 (05-Apr-2007, 30-Jul-2007 and 05-Nov-2007) and, until 2010, will have coincided with Victoria State's Melbourne Cup Day public holiday. The current announcement did confirm its occurrence and date for 2009, as had been done by the ACT's Minister for Industrial Relations, John Hargreaves, last spring (23-Apr-2009).

The long-term future of this public holiday had always been uncertain (03-Nov-2008), having officially been marked as "to be reviewed next year" from its inception (30-Jul-2007).

Over the last 2 years, some of the proposals ranged from its outright cancellation (ACT Chamber of Commerce and Industry) to the Unions ACT call for a restoration of the Union Picnic days system (05-Apr-2007), with some calling for a move to a Monday or Friday date, such as the Canberra Business Council or its move to coincide with the Monday after the Floriade festival begins (ACT's Minister for Industrial Relations, John Hargreaves).

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 2009-10-16: Australia Tables ACT Public Holiday Change Bill
 2009-04-23: Australia To Review ACT's Family And Community Public Holiday
 2008-11-03: Australia's ACT Reconsidering Melbourne Cup Public Holiday For 2009
 2007-11-05: Status Report On Australia's Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
 2007-07-30: Australia's ACT Ready To Declare New November Public Holiday
 2007-04-05: Australia's ACT Confirms New November Public Holiday


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