EDITORIAL: Public holiday too big a punt for Queenslanders

OUR question to our Facebook readers on whether the Melbourne Cup should become a national holiday certainly triggered a wave of yes votes.

And no wonder: Why wouldn't the average punter want an extra day off to celebrate the race that stops a nation?

In all my working life I can only recall having a couple of Melbourne Cups off.

One was in 1994, the year 16-1 shot Jeune won, and I also remember embarrassing myself on TV when interviewed as one of the few winning punters.

It wasn't because I'd had too many beers but because I didn't pronounce the name correctly.

"You obviously don't know much about French,'' is how one colleague critiqued me the next day.

Sorry, back to the public holiday argument.

Personally I think part of the magic of the Melbourne Cup is how workplaces celebrate it.

Should there be a public holiday in Queensland for Melbourne Cup day?

This poll ended on 07 November 2014.

Current Results

Yes

47%

No

52%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

It's an event that brings people together by providing them with a common interest that carries with it a fair degree of excitement and fun.

Most offices and shops hold staff lunches and sweeps that add to the atmosphere of the occasion.

In fact, if you took the workplace element away I think the day would lose something - not to mention the impact on productivity on a nation that already enjoys a large amount of public holidays.

Most people who are racing fanatics usually find a way to get the day off anyway.

When it comes down to it, a day off for a race that last about three minutes does seem like an extravagance geared towards more gambling at a time when most of us probably can't afford it.



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