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Tasmania Rules-Out Further Amendments To 2020-2021 Public Holidays

Source: Tasmanian Government Media Releases (Hobart)
Posted: Thursday, October 8, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: January 25, 2021

The Office of the Premier of Australia's State of Tasmania, has issued its government's definite decision on the ongoing Review of statutory holidays in Tasmania, and ruled-out any change for 2020 and 2021, apart from the 2021 Flinders Island Show ("after completing a review, and after careful consideration our Government has decided not to make any significant changes to state-wide or local public holidays at this time, including local show day holidays").

The initial announcement of the list of official 2020 non-working public holidays in the Australian State of Tasmania (2017-12-09) was released 3 years ago, in line with the terms of the "Clarification on Tasmanian Public Holidays" press release (2011-04-24), which re-stated the terms of the Statutory Holidays Amendment Bill 2010, which amended the previous Statutory Holidays Act 2000 (2010-11-26), as was the list of 2021 Tasmanian public holidays, released last year (2019-06-21).

The initial list of 2020 public holidays was amended, last year (2019-09-15), but only partially, but not as the result of the proposal by the Labor Party of Australia's state of Tasmania (2019-08-12).

A further set of amendments was deemed unlikely, but not ruled-out officially, this past summer (2020-08-19), by Tasmania's Justice Department, despite this year's mass cancellation of rural shows ("Any decision to change local public holidays requires sufficient time for proper consultation as well as time for community members to plan for the impact of a change in the date. Given the process for making changes, it is unlikely to be practical to implement any changes to show day holidays for 2020.").

Today's announcement by the Office of the Premier of Australia's State of Tasmania does state that "This does not preclude changes being made on a case by case basis in response to the needs of a local community, subject to taking the mandated steps, which includes a requirement to consult with specific and relevant stakeholders" and mentions a potential change to the date of the Flinders Island Show, from 2021, "changing the date of the Show, and the public holiday, from the Friday preceding the third Saturday in October to the third Friday in November each year".

Recall that when the 2022 list of public holidays in Tasmania was released (2020-01-12), it contained the mention that "At the time of publishing this table, a request to change the dates of the Flinders island Show holiday was being considered by the Tasmanian Government. The dates published here would apply if no change is made".

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