Queensland holiday laws passed

GOLD Coasters will get an extra public holiday in 2012 and the Easter school holidays will be extended from 10 days to two weeks after new laws were passed in Parliament.

The Queen's Birthday public holiday will be shifted permanently from June to October to spread the public holidays more evenly throughout the year, Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick said on Tuesday.

Next year's June holiday will be kept as a one-off celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Queenslanders had overwhelmingly responded in favour of moving the Queen's Birthday public holiday to the second half of the year, Mr Dick said.

The new laws also ensure that those who work on Christmas, Boxing or New Year's days when either celebration falls on a weekend won't miss out on penalty rates.

Extra holidays have been allocated for days where the end-of-year celebrations fall on a weekend.



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