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Keep our Labour Day in May

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Jason Young
C/- Electrical Trades Union
PO Box 3520

Total Signatures - 2274

Sponsoring Member: Annastacia Palaszczuk MP

Posting Date: 18/09/2012

Closing Date: 29/10/2012

Tabled Date: 30/10/2012

Responded By: Hon Jarrod Bleijie MP on 21/11/2012

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House the intention of the LNP Government to change Labour Day from May to a date in October.


Labour Day holds significant history in Queensland, being celebrated since 1891 and officially declared a public holiday since 1901. In 1912 May Day as it was originally called was renamed Labour Day, as we know it now.


Labour Day represents important achievements of working Queenslanders, including the establishment of the 8 hour day, workplace health and safety, the establishment of the living wage and the basic commitment to a fair day's pay for a fair day's work.


Labour Day is celebrated across Queensland in May in a variety of ways, especially in Barcaldine with major celebrations attracting tourists and injecting a wealth of money into the local economy.


Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to keep the Labour Day public holiday in May.