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Labour Day holiday – reminder that it has moved to October!!

 Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie has reminded Queenslanders that the Labour Day public holiday is no longer in May.

From this year, it will now be the first Monday in October.

“While I realise some calendars still have the old date, it’s now business as usual on the first Monday in May,” Mr Bleijie said.

“The Newman Government reversed the previous government’s decision to move the Queen’s Birthday public holiday from the second Monday in June to the first Monday in October, and instead moved Labour Day to this date.

“We decided to keep the Queen’s Birthday public holiday consistent with all other states and territories with the exception of Western Australia.

“By moving the Labour Day public holiday from May to October, it will break up the concentration of public holidays that generally fall in the April-May period.

“This move will provide a break for Queenslanders during the second half of the year because of an even spread of public holidays.”

A review of the 2011 amendment to the Holiday Act 1983 found that most people were in favour of Labour Day being moved to the latter part of the year instead of the Queen’s Birthday public holiday.

In the review 95 per cent of the respondents supported the move of a public holiday to the second half of the year.

The move was also supported by The Courier Mail survey last year where more than 70 per cent of voters wanted the Labour Day holiday moved.

 [ENDS] 26 April 2013

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