by SockPuppet ~ an Australian
This is a bloody national disgrace.
Next year is the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day, that day in April 1915 when thousands of underage Aussies (and Kiwis but who counts them?) were sacrificed by the Brits on some godforsaken Middle eastern outpost peninsula of bloody Turkey known as Gallipoli – nowknown as Anzac Cove and a tourist destination and camping resort for Gen Y.
But as Anzac Day falls on a Saturday next year guess what?
There will be no public holiday for Anzac Day!
The citizens of NSW (and every other State except one!) will be short one public holiday next year: Anzac Day.
Both Anzac Day and Boxing Day fall on a Saturday but only one will be marked by an additional day off.
Unlike other holidays, no additional day is granted for the national day of remembrance in NSW under the Public Holidays Act.
Other states will face a similar issue: only West Australians will get a public holiday on Monday, April 27.
What is going on here?
If we cant get a holiday for the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day what else will be taken away?
Whats next, move the Melbourne Cup to a Saturday and take away that national day of celebrating horses too?
No holiday for Australia Day if that falls on the weekend too? What will the abos have to protest about?
Why not go the whole hog and have no public holiday for Christmas Day if that falls on a Saturday or Sunday too? Who needs one? Go to work!
And Easter: Yeah lets cancel Good Friday & Easter Monday because no one goes to bloody church and besides the Muslims have already taken over (just ask GD).
This is the slippery slope – the taking away of our days off .. but it doesnt end there!
Collingwood & Essendon will have to play there heroic Anzac Day battle on a Saturday and compete with all the other games on that day too. They will lose $millions.
And what will Gen Y do? They cant go to Turkey on the weekend because that is ‘hooking up’ time wasted.
Of course we could all move to Perth, the only State that recognises Anzac Day and gives us a day off.
But where the f*ck is Perth?
And what is there to do there?
Dont think this is a oneoff either folks – in 2016 Anzac Day falls on a Sunday so same deal, no public holiday!
I blame Tony Abbott.
We need an election.
OK I”l kick things off by saying that I think that the governments are doing the right thing here Socky because it being able to celebrate the day on the actual anniversary not having an extra day off at the bosses expense that matters. You see I I mad every other chief cook, bottle washer and domestic Goddess has to work on the actual day of every public holiday then so to should the nations Lazy Puppies….
Putting aside your personal situation, Iain, there’s also the issue of our important regional tourism industry. Denying us a long weekend takes 100s of $millions out of the regional areas that rely on the tourist trade for their local economy. Stuff the bosses of large companies (and even smaller ones), why should they gain from this quirk of the calendar? Look, we get very few long weekends and to take one away – one as important as Anzac Day – is plain wrong.
putting aside YOUR personal situation why should employers wear the cost of such interruptions to the economic processes?
Iain, as I told you privately, we have sold all of our holiday units and we’re now just caretaker/managers here, for the time being. So I don’t have much of a stake in tourism anymore and in fact our main income is now from other sources.
And the question should be:
“Why should the regional tourism industry – a major employer and economic generator – have their economy damaged by the removal of a traditional public holiday?”
This is handing all other industries a gift and, worse still, at the expense of regional areas. A decision made in Melbourne, Sydney etc that only looks to give favour to city-based employers. Put simply, Iain, it’s robbing the bush to help the city, when the city doesn’t need that help anyway.
Geez, Sockpig, public holidays shouldn’t matter to you. You get your Centrelink cheque delivered to the Blue Gums Caravan Park every fortnight. What’s your beef? It’s not like you get double rate Centrelink on public holidays. Although that’d be pretty good, you know, to keep Laura in bundy and cokes. I reckon Mustafa gets extra though, ‘cos he’s from ‘a minority culture’.
I bet that gets up your nose and other places..
I have a job now GigGuy. Here.
But nothing gets up my nose and as for bloody Muslim Mustafa he can go back home for all I care.
Can you ask him to take his mates with him? You know, the ones that hold up banners saying:
‘Behead those who insult Islam’
Mustafa carries a sign around the Caravan park too GigGuy. It says:
“Give head to those that follow Islam”.
It works too.
Here it is: