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    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Rare five-day long weekend for Queensland workers next year

    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Thursday, October 28, 2010

    Rare five-day long weekend for Queensland workers next year

    Queensland workers will enjoy a rare five-day long weekend next Easter as the result of a once-in-a-generation clash of dates.

    Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick said for the first time since Queensland’s public holiday laws were introduced in 1983, Easter Monday and Anzac Day would clash in 2011.

    “As a result of this coincidence, the government has decided to appoint Tuesday, 26 April 2011, as a substitute public holiday for Easter Monday,” Mr Dick said.

    “This decision will not result in an extra public holiday – it is merely transferring a public holiday that workers are entitled to, to the following day.

    “Both Easter Monday and Anzac Day are public holidays under our laws and after extensive consultation with stakeholders, we have decided to transfer the Easter Monday holiday.

    “This decision means that employees working on either the 25th or 26th of April next year, or both, will get public holiday penalty rates according to their relevant award or agreement.

    “This will not increase overall wages costs for employers because the decision maintains the same number of public holidays as 2010.

    “This decision has been made after consultation and consideration of submissions from a range of stakeholders including unions, employer organisations, religious organisations and the RSL.”

    Mr Dick said workers deserved a consistent number of public holidays each year to allow them to rest and relax, and to celebrate significant religious and cultural events.

    “These days represent two of the most significant religious and national events on our calendar and the government firmly believes that the community should have the opportunity to celebrate both.

    “This decision is further indication of the government’s approach to work-life balance – we understand that people are entitled to their public holidays to celebrate these occasions and to spend time with family and friends.

    “The decision will also achieve consistency with most other states and territories,” he said.

    “Only Tasmania has not yet declared a substitute public holiday for either Anzac Day or Easter Monday on Tuesday 26 April 2011.”

    Mr Dick said that as a result of the decision, the Anzac Day public holiday would remain on 25 April 2011.

    “The government is of the view that Anzac Day holds such significance in the community that it should be celebrated on the actual day, and this was supported through our consultation,” he said.

    “The limitations on business operations that usually occur on Anzac Day because of its special nature will continue to apply on 25 April next year.”

    Queensland public holidays for the Easter period in 2011 will be observed on Good Friday (22 April) Easter Saturday (23 April), Anzac Day (Monday, 25 April) and a substitute public holiday for Easter Monday on Tuesday, 26 April 2011.

    Media contact: Attorney-General and Industrial Relations Minister 3239 3487