Day off for Melbourne Cup would be a winner
SHOULD Queenslanders be equal to Victorians and get the day off to race to a good spot to watch the Melbourne Cup?
Seventy per cent of the Chronicle's Facebook readers seem to think so and they've given some valid, well-thought-out reasons as to why they should be allowed to skip work.
The majority of them said a day off is a must as it's the race that stops the nation.
Debbie Kurikka said it should be a holiday as most businesses closed their doors on Melbourne Cup day to watch the race.
"Solicitors have long luncheons, local clubs have a full house to watch the race so it's a definite yes," she said.
Another supporter of a day off, Nina Griffiths, said "most people try and get the day off anyway".
A true blue Aussie, Tina Faulkner also gave a definite yes.
"The whole world stops for us, so why shouldn't we have a holiday," she said.
While some are resigned to the fact that Queenslanders will never get the day off, they are willing to settle for a compromise.
Jenny Clarke suggested companies give half a day off.
"It is a family tradition to watch the race and enjoy the day, so half a day off would be great!" she wrote.
But some thought it was a bad idea.
Elsa Lejins said there wasn't a need for a national holiday.
"Most businesses allow workers to have office sweeps and watch the race on TV or listen to it on the radio. It's a bit of fun for a short time and then back to business," she said.
Andrew Duggan said it should remain as it is.
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"Time doesn't stop, services are needed, people should work for their pay, not expect it for nothing," he said.
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