It’s time to rework those calendars, people.
Confused? We don’t blame you.
The third major change to public holidays in Queensland since 2012 has been announced by the Palaszczuk Government.
The Queensland Parliament has passed amendments to the Holidays Act which will see The Queen’s Birthday moved from June to the first Monday in October, while Labour Day will go back from October to its former May date from next year.
Treasurer Curtis Pitt said moving Labour Day back to the first Monday in May was a key election commitment.
“The celebration of Labour Day on the first Monday in May has particular cultural and historical significance for Queenslanders,” he said.
“The achievements of the labour movement in securing the eight hour working day, collective bargaining, fair and safe working conditions, and decent and fair wages have long been recognised in Queensland by observing Labour Day on the first Monday in May.”
Perhaps most importantly, Mr Pitt assured voters there will still be a public holiday after the Grand Final weekend under the new arrangement.
“While the name of the public holiday in October will change, it’s important to note that there will still be a Monday to recover after NRL footy finals weekend,” he said.
The LNP argued against the passing of the amendment, with Opposition industrial relations spokesman Ian Walker pointing out that the Northern Territory is the only other state or territory in Australia to celebrate Labour Day in May.
“It is nothing more than payback to the union bosses for their support of the Labor Party during the January state elections,” Mr Walker said.
“We know that Labor takes its cue from the unions, and the rest of Queensland knows that, too.”
The amendment was ultimately passed with support from the Katter Party MPs and independent Billy Gordon.
The game of public holiday musical chairs started in 2012, when the Bligh Government moved the Queen’s Birthday from June to October. In 2013, the Newman Government switched it back and moved Labour Day to October.
In case you’re wondering, the Queen’s actual birthday falls on 21 April.
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