Member for Gympie, David Gibson MP has received a number of calls regarding the change to public holidays for 2013 after several businesses have put out calendars with conflicting information.
“The former Labor Government amended legislation to move the Queen’s Birthday holiday to October, but that meant we were out of sync with the rest of Australia,” Mr Gibson said.
A review of the 2011 amendment to the Holiday Act 1983 showed strong community support to move Labour Day as opposed to the Queen’s Birthday public holiday.
Mr Gibson said the move would benefit local tourism operators that rely on the Queen’s Birthday holiday for a boost during the quieter winter months.
“Also, the impact on businesses payroll expenses will be minimised as we have not added another public holiday, but simply moved the date when we observe Labour Day.”
The remaining public holidays for Queensland for 2013 are:
2013 Queensland Public Holidays
• Friday May 17 – Gympie District Show
• Monday June 10 – Queen’s Birthday
• Monday October 7 – Labour Day Public Holiday
• Wednesday December 25 – Christmas Day
• Thursday December 26 – Boxing Day