Source: The Australian (Adelaide)
The Racing Minister of Australia's State of South Australia, Leon Bignell, has reacted to renewed attempts to move the Adelaide Cup Race from March back to May with a flat statement that "If they want to move the Adelaide Cup to May they know they can do that [but] the holiday will stay where it is".
In 2006, the Adelaide Cup Day public holiday was shifted from its traditional May venue to the second Monday in March (13-Jul-2005), following the Adelaide Cup having been rained out for the second year in a row (21-May-2004). The change was made formal the following year (31-Aug-2006), as per the "Holidays (Adelaide Cup) Proclamation 2006" by which Monday, March 12, 2007, was declared to be a public holiday and bank holiday instead of Monday, May 21, 2007, a change which was to be reviewed annually, but which was not seriously challenged (15-Jul-2010, 24-Jan-2011, and 14-Mar-2011) until about 2012 years ago when a public holidays review commissioned by South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill, came back with recommendations that South Australian public holidays be changed to reduce the crowding of events in March (13-Sep-2012 and 23-Jul-2012).
Nonetheless, the following year (13-Feb-2013), the Industrial Relations Minister of the Australian State of South Australia, John Rau, announced that the Adelaide Cup Day non-working public holiday would remain in March until 2015, at least, and this freeze was later extended (08-Sep-2015), by the Government of the Australian State of South Australia which announced that the current freeze on the date of the second Monday of March non-working public holiday would remain until 2019.
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