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Australian Queensland Mulls Further Public Holidays Amendments

Source: Department of Justice and Attorney-General (State of Queensland)
Posted on Sunday, July 8, 2018


LNP member for Kawana, Jarrod Bleijie, who as Queensland attorney-general moved Labour Day to October, announced at the LNP state convention that he would support the winning motion to switch back the Labour Day and Queen's Birthday non-working public holidays of Queensland.

Shortly after its election (2015-02-15), the Palaszczuk government of the Australian State of Queensland, had confirmed, and then re-confirmed (2015-03-13), that it was planning to make further amendments to the Holidays Act 1983, so that the Labour Day annual public holiday, in the State of Queensland, would no longer be observed on the first Monday in October. Beginning in 2016, as per the "Holidays and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015", in Queensland, Labour Day non-working public holiday would be held on the first Monday of May, and the Queen's Birthday non-working public holiday would be held on the first Monday in October (2015-10-14).

This was a reversal, in part, of the previous tinkering with Queensland's public holidays (2012-09-11, 2012-08-20 and 2012-06-12), whereby the preceding Newman government had announced further amendments to the Holidays Act 1983, whereby from 2013 onward, the dates of the Birthday of the Sovereign (Queen's Birthday) public holiday and of the Labour Day public holiday were changed, while four years before that (2011-12-03, 2011-11-08 and 2011-11-05), the Bligh Labor government of the Australian State of Queensland amended the 2016 public holidays in Queensland (2013-11-20), 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.


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