I vote for 12 weeks holidays for everyone, not just teachers

Geoff Potter

HOLIDAYS just aren't long enough are they?

That's my honest opinion after I just got back to work after having three weeks of bliss doing just about nothing with the kids.

Don't get me wrong, I love my job and wouldn't change it in any way, and having the time off to rest after a hectic 2012 was an amazing time, but I really do wish it was a longer break.

Three weeks just isn't enough time to relax and recharge.

I've worked out that it takes just over a week for your body to actually realise it's having a break.

It takes another week to think that it's going to really be on a break, another week to know it's on a break, one more week to know it's on a break, then another two weeks to know it's about to come off a break and go back to work.

It might sound a bit intense but it's true. We can't immediately shut off work and go straight into "relax by the beach Rob" mode.

It takes time, everything takes time.

It took Keith Richards a long time to realise he wasn't dead, so holidays are no different.

The Queen took years to remember where she put the car keys.

Glenn Churchill has taken years to master a smile that would melt thousands of women's hearts.

As you can see we all need more time. That is why I am proposing a 12-week mandatory holiday period for every employee in Central Queensland.

It's tough enough out there working 36 hours a day with no sleep, four children to care for, and a partner who won't put out the bins or stop farting in bed (you know you do), so why can't we be rewarded with this small amount of time off to relax and recharge?

It took Keith Richards a long time to realise he wasn't dead, so holidays are no different.

I'm putting pen to paper now to our pollies in this election year and I hope for it to be included in the "promises" they dish out when they want to be re-elected.

It's a simple request of 12 weeks annual leave, much the same as what teachers get; we know they don't do a lot so why can't we have the same? 

Actually, let's take it one step further on the teachers angle - let's only work their hours of 9am-3pm with a big lunch of an hour thrown in for good measure.

I'm kidding really. No-one calls it big lunch do they?

Join with me and get this holiday fiasco changed for the good of a nation. You'll love me for it.

I can be contacted at Zinc for further comment. I'm here 'til Friday, try the veal.



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