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Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 08:36 am
So there's been motions to stop Australia Day being a public holiday or, really, any kind of celebration.

I am all behind it. Partly for the same reasons as Columbus Day in the US, partly because we have clusters of public holidays in our calendar: 2 days at Christmas, 1 day at New Year, Australia Day in late January, just before school goes back. Then we have the Easter Long Weekend, which usually comes very close to ANZAC Day on the 25th April (kind of like the US Memorial Day, I guess), and then the Queen's B'Day holiday in June.

And then nothing - NOTHING - through the long, chilly, short-dayed winter, until the October long weekend.

Basically, we have too many public holidays in January, and I think we need one to break up the monotony of winter and I don't see why Australia Day can't be sacrificed (apart from white people tears).

There's an actual movement (petition, what have you) to get it switched to May 8 ("Maaaaay-eight! MAAAAAATE!") but eh, we don't actually need another holiday in the Easter-ANZAC-Queen's b'day stretch.

We need one in midwinter. Preferably right around the start of August so it's nicely balanced between the Queen's b'day weekend, and the October Long Weekend.

This post was brought to you by the realisation that it will be four months before we have another public holiday. FOUR MONTHS.

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 01:09 am (UTC)
A number of years ago my province brought in a Family Day in February to break-up the long winter months and it does help. A good portion of getting it was the public pushing for it and the politicians listening.

Hopefully something like that will happen with your movement.

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 01:35 am (UTC)
You have an October one! Awesome! We have to wait until November (Cup Day). Or did, until the Premier won an election by promising a holiday on Grand Final Friday.

Victoria. Home of the sports-related days off.
Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 02:17 am (UTC)
I actually have no idea. I was out of the country the year that it happened, so I missed all the discussion. As far as I remember we haven't lost one...
Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 02:29 am (UTC)
That's what Sunday is for. :)

The Friday has a Grand Final parade through the CBD. It's pretty festive.
Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 09:59 am (UTC)
We did not lose one. We got an entire additional public holiday for the sportsball grand final parade.

The only people who seemed cross about it were CBD clubs and bars who lost an entire Friday night of people getting stonkered post-work.