Public holiday bonanza: Time for a referendum?

The next month is set to deliver a bonanza of public holidays.

Depending on which side of the fence you stand on, this could be fantastic news (for employees – lots of paid time off!) or it could spell disaster (for small business owners – who have to shell out wages and get nothing in return).

Here’s what we have to look forward to: six public holidays in the space of three weeks.


We have the Easter long weekend, comprising Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, from April 13-17.

(Though weirdly – Easter Saturday is officially billed as ‘The Day After Good Friday’ on the government website?!)

We have ANZAC Day on April 25.

And we have the Labour Day public holiday on Monday May 1.

To put this in perspective, we’re going to get four short weeks in a row:

w/c April 10 – Friday off work (Good Friday)
w/c April 17 – Monday off (Easter Monday)
w/c April 24 – Tuesday off (ANZAC Day)
w/c May 1 – Monday off (May Day)

And then we have NOTHING until August, when some of us may get a cheeky Show Day reprieve from work.

Do these riches of public holidays seem ridiculously crammed in to anyone else?!

There’s naught we can do about the dates of Easter (although I’m still confused about why Easter falls on a different date each year…).

And we can’t exactly change the date that we respect our Aussie diggers.

But can’t we move Labour Day back to October, in line with others states, like New South Wales?

We could then switch the Queen’s Birthday public holiday back to June, and give us all something to look forward to during our public holiday drought.

Let’s call a referendum, I say! Take the issue to the people and let us decide when we should get some down time?

In the meantime, I’m going to get busy planning a few getaways for the upcoming long weekends!