Australia To Declare Double Year-End Regional Public Holidays
Source:Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General (Brisbane)
Posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The Government of Australia's State of Queensland has introduced legislation to provide for the observance of 2 public holidays for Christmas Day on December 25 and 28, 2010, and for 2 public holidays for New Years Day, on January 1 and 3, 2011.
The Queensland Government has also announced that it is currently considering whether a substituted public holiday should be appointed for either Easter Monday or Anzac Day 2011, as both annual public holidays fall on the same date of April 25, in 2011.
This would be in line with last year's CAF Agreement (2009-01-15), which set out to harmonize the treatment of the ANZAC Day public holiday, across all Australian states and territories, when ANZAC Day falls on a Sunday, or another public holiday.
So far, Australia's Northern Territory (2010-08-31), the ACT (2010-07-14), Western Australia (2010-07-01) and Southern Australia (2010-07-08) also declared April 26, 2011, as a public holiday. The other Australian states, including Queensland, are expected to follow suit, even Tasmania, which did not follow the CAF guidelines in 2010 (2009-04-18), but which will, de facto, in 2011 as Easter Tuesday is a State public holiday in Tasmania.
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