Holiday idea gets thumbs up

THE Gold Coast may be in for a change with Queensland residents voting overwhelmingly to celebrate the Queen's Birthday public holiday in the second half of next year and to enjoy an extended school holiday break at Easter.

This put the coast at odds with residents in the Tweed shire.

Premier Anna Bligh said the paper titled Getting the balance right: A proposal on holidays in Queensland also looks at allocating an extra public holiday when Christmas, Boxing, or New Year's days fall on a Saturday or Sunday.

"This year both Christmas Day and New Year's Day both fall on the weekend," said Ms Bligh.

"One of the things we wanted to know was whether the law should be changed to ensure these holidays are recognised on both the actual date when they fall on a weekend, as well as an additional day the following week.

"That means those who work on these days have access to the same number of public holidays and penalty rates as workers on a standard Monday-to-Friday week."

Ms Bligh said the Government had received a huge response to the proposals.

"By the middle of this week we had received 14,400 responses and the overwhelming majority of them were positive," she said.

"If people are this keen I can't see any good reason to wait.

"Consultation closes on 31 October and if the support is the same we will take a submission to cabinet soon after that."



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