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Australian Queensland Chistmas Eve Public Holiday Update

Source: Department of Justice and Attorney-General (State of Queensland)
Posted: Monday, August 5, 2019
Updated: Monday, August 12, 2019


The Palaszczuk government of the Australian State of Queensland is about to pass a law that would declare Christmas Eve as a non-working public holiday in Australia's State of Queensland.



The aforementioned amendments to the Queensland public holidays legislation is 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, ), when the then South Australian Government had made a deal with independent MPs to ensure passage of amendments to the official legislation governing non-working public holidays in the Australian state of South Australia, to include part-day public holidays on Christmas Eve (December 24) and New Year's Eve (December 31).

It would not be the first time that the Palaszczuk government of the Australian State of Queensland is in the news concerning amendments to (some would say, fiddling with) the Queensland legislation regarding Queensland public holidays. 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 to the Palaszczuk administration, the previous Queensland governments had also tweaked the list of Queensland public holidays relentlessly 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).

As in the aforementioned case of Christmas Eve having been declared a non-working public holidays in the state of South Australia, the Queensland Christmas Eve public holiday would also being at 7pm (19:00).



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