James and Charlotte Hartley with their children Jimmy, 5, Bethany, 14 weeks, Rachel, 22 months, Olivia, 4, and Christian, 3.
James and Charlotte Hartley with their children Jimmy, 5, Bethany, 14 weeks, Rachel, 22 months, Olivia, 4, and Christian, 3. Sharyn Oneill

Shuffling the holidays

SUPERMUM Charlotte Hartley is too busy to rejoice in the State Government's public holiday shake-up.

Charlotte, who has five children under five, won't notice if the Queen's Birthday public holiday shifts to the second half of the year.

"With little kids it doesn't matter, it's just another day," she said.

"It would be nice for people in the workforce."

Her husband, James Hartley, said it would give him more opportunity to spend time with his young family.

"The break-up would be nice, it's no good having all these holidays then nothing before Christmas," he said.

Premier Anna Bligh yesterday released a discussion paper titled Getting the balance right: A proposal on holidays in Queensland.

The proposal will review the state's public holiday system with plans to shuffle public holidays to later in the year.

Most public holidays are huddled between March and June, with no holidays between the Queen's Birthday in June and Christmas.

The review is seeking the public's feedback on three proposals to fill the six-month gap.

These include: moving the Queen's Birthday to the second half of the year, assigning an additional public holiday when Christmas, Boxing or New Year's Day fall on a weekend and extending state school public holidays from six days to two weeks.

Ms Bligh said Anzac and Australia Day were important public occasions and gave workers with their families a chance to balance work and play.

"Our lives are becoming busier and busier, that's why I feel it is important we get maximum benefit from the public holidays we do have," Ms Bligh said.

"But we need to consider what best suits families." 

 

2011 Public holidays

New Year's Day: Jan 1 and Jan 3

Australia Day: Jan 26

Good Friday: Apr 22

Easter Monday: Apr 26

Anzac Day: Apr 25

Labour Day: May 2

Queen's Birthday: Jun 13

Christmas Day: Dec 25

Christmas Day Public Holiday: Dec 27

Boxing Day: Dec 26

Boxing Day Public Holiday: Dec 27



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