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Australian Queensland Chistmas Eve Public Holiday Official

Source: Department of Justice and Attorney-General (State of Queensland)
Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Updated: Saturday, November 30, 2019


The Palaszczuk government of the Australian State of Queensland has finally passed the Holidays and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 legislation declaring a new annual public holiday on Christmas Eve, from 6pm onward.


Last summer (2019-08-05), we had reported that the Palaszczuk government of the Australian State of Queensland was about to pass a law that would declare Christmas Eve as a non-working public holiday in Australia's State of Queensland, legislation reminiscent of the similar declaration of Christmas Eve and New year's Eve as non-working public holidays in the state of South Australia (2013-04-01, 2012-03-22, 2012-12-10, 2012-03-22, 2012-03-04).

The Palaszczuk administration is no newcomer to amending (some would say, fiddling with) the Queensland public holidays legislation.

Shortly after taking office (2015-02-15), the Palaszczuk administration 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, but rather, 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).

To be fair, the previous Queensland governments had also tweaked the list of Queensland public holidays in the preceding years, with the Bligh Labor government of the Australian State of Queensland amending the public holidays in Queensland (2011-12-03, 2011-11-08 and 2011-11-05), 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, followed by the Newman government, making yet further changes (2012-09-11, 2012-08-20 and 2012-06-12).

Queensland thus becomes the third Australian state/territory to observe a partial public holiday on Christmas Eve, following similar legislation in South Australia (2012-03-22) and the Northern Territory (2016-08-01).



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