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Australian Queensland 2013 Public Holidays Change Confirmed

Source: The Courier-Mail (Brisbane)
Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Updated: Monday, August 5, 2019


The Attorney-General of the government of the Australian state of Queensland, Jarrod Bleijie, has confirmed that the amendment of the Queensland state public holidays legislation which would see the return of the Queen's Birthday public holiday to its pre-2012 date, and a move of the Labor Day public holiday to October, would take effect in 2013.

Last year (2011-12-03 and 2011-11-05) the former government of the Australian State of Queensland had amended the state public holidays law so that, beginning in 2012, the Queen's Birthday non-working public holiday would be moved from the 2nd Monday in June to the 1st Monday in October, while on the same occasion, a one-off public holiday for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee would be observed in June 2012 in Queensland.

This led the Queensland Chamber of Commerce and Industry to complain that Queensland now had 2 annual non-working public holidays dates that differ from the rest of Australia.

Last June (2012-06-12), the Premier of Australia's State of Queensland, Campbell Newman, announced that the existing state public holidays calendar needed to be re-examined, and that he personally backed a public holiday restructure that would see Queensland's Labour Day moved to October.

Last month (2012-08-20), the cabinet of the state of Queensland gave its approval to the return of the Queen's Birthday public holiday to its pre-2012 date, and a move of the Labor Day public holiday to October.

There had been a last-ditch effort, via the creation of a parliamentary committee (the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee) to postpone the change until 2014, but today's announcement clearly states that the government would not take the advice of the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee.



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