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Australia Votes Queensland Easter Sunday Public Holiday

Source: Department of Justice and Attorney-General (State of Queensland)
Posted on Friday, December 2, 2016


Yesterday, the Parliament of Australia's state of Queensland passed an amendment to the Queensland Holidays Act 1983, making Easter Sunday a new annual non-working public holiday in Australia's state of Queensland, beginning in 2017, as had been promised by the Palaszczuk.

Easter Sunday, observed throughout Australia as a regular Sunday, just 10 years ago, has steadily been declared as a non-working public holiday in various Australian states over the past few years.

First out of the gate (2010-10-13), was New South Wales (NSW), whose Premier, Kristina Keneally, announced that NSW would become the first jurisdiction in Australia to recognize Easter Sunday as a public holiday, effective in 2011.

Then, last year, Australia's State of Victoria (2015-08-17) and the ACT, Australia's Capital Territory (2015-08-22), both declared Easter Sunday as a new annual non-working public holiday in their respective states/territories.

Finally, last summer (2016-08-31), the Palaszczuk Government of Australia's state of Queensland announced that it was moving to make Easter Sunday a new annual non-working public holiday in Australia's state of Queensland, beginning in 2017.


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