Oh yeah oh yeah oh yeahhhh!!! http://abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/07/29/1991098.htm ACT gets new public holiday Posted Sun Jul 29, 2007 12:00pm AEST The ACT Government has decided to add Melbourne Cup Day to Canberra's calendar of public holidays. Industrial Relations Minister Andrew Barr announced the new holiday, to be called "Family and Community Day", at yesterday's ACT Labor party conference It is still to be passed by the Legislative Assembly. "This decision won't provide workers with their penalty rates back," he said. "It won't reinstate protection against unfair dismissal, however it will go a small way to protecting the work-life balance which the Howard Government seems so intent on attacking." Chamber of Commerce spokesman Chris Peters says it opposed the holiday during public consultations, but believes if there is to be a day off for workers, the first Tuesday in November is the best option. He says many people will turn it into a long weekend. "I expect quite a few people will apply to have the Monday off as a day of annual leave and make a long weekend of it," he said. "That happens now with quite a few of people, in relation to celebrating the Melbourne Cup or in going to the Melbourne Cup. "I don't think it will make a great deal of change, but I think it will be an added cost to business because the Tuesday will be the public holiday not someone taking a day's leave."