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Queensland Queen's Birthday Public Holiday Update

Source: The Brisbane Times (Brisbane)
Posted: Sunday, September 18, 2011
Most recent follow-up news item: November 5, 2011

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 (2009-10-20 and 2007-12-06), as well as in Tasmania (2008-06-10) and Victoria (2008-09-26).

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 (2009-07-04), a move which Queensland Premier Bligh ruled-out for her State, last year (2010-07-17).

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