Yes, Melbourne Cup day should be a holiday
SHOULD Melbourne Cup Day be a public holiday? Yes, if Gladstone residents have anything to do with it.
Readers responding to a question on The Observer's Facebook page overwhelmingly supported the idea of making the nation's biggest race day a holiday for everyone.
Of the 84 yes/no responses made, 66 people supported having a public holiday, while 18 said no.
Across the APN network, 62% of respondents said yes, while 37% said no.
Gladstone's post had the highest number of yes responses across the group.
"Why is this even a question? This is the event/race that stops the nation. Absolutely yes should be national public holiday," Nicole Brown said.
Lynsey Greig agreed, saying, "If it's the race that stops a nation, then it should stop the nation."
Should Melbourne Cup Day be a public holiday?
This poll ended on 28 November 2014.
I don't mind either way
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
Among those who didn't support another public holiday, Cristine Krafft said Australians gambled too much already.
"I don't think we should be celebrating a holiday for gambling and drinking," she said.
Davd and Jodie Halls agreed, saying, "No, our nation already has issues with alcoholism and gambling, let's take a day off for it too!
"think there are better ways to give the people an extra day off."
Tracey-leanne Craig disagreed on the grounds it would be another day off school for the kids, and they already had too many days off now.
Don't miss Saturday's Observer, which will include a game card for the 2014 Lucky Cup sweep, with prizes of $1500, $1250 and $1000 for the Melbourne Cup winner and placegetters.