Adelaide Cup received its public holiday status in 1973 and became officially known as the SKYCITY Adelaide Cup in 2005. Previously held on the third Monday of May, the Adelaide Cup date was changed in 2006 due to rainy weather that often coincided with the racing date in previous years. The Adelaide Cup date was fixed to be annually held on the second Monday of March from 2006 onwards. This date mirrors the Labour day Public Holiday in Victoria. I can see the thinking behind this move, but sadly, as events have shown, it did not produce the results wished for by the SAJC.
Adelaide Cup would lose public holiday status if moved from March to May: Racing Minister
The Adelaide Cup will have to remain in March if organisers want the event to still be run on a public holiday, South Australia’s Racing Minister says. Racing authorities have long wanted to move the date back to May to avoid clashes with popular drawcards during Adelaide’s packed Mad March festival season. “We’re trying to endeavour to have the Adelaide Cup in 2018 in May with the June [Queen’s Birthday] public holiday being moved forward,” CEO Brenton Wilkinson said.
What was once a pimple on the Governments backside has turned into a boil.
The SAJC, by moving the date of this horse race is trying to sell mutton as lamb, but changing dates again is not the solution. They have to think outside the box to resolve their problem, not keep going to mum and dad.
The government scraps the Adelaide Cup public holiday.[Pause for howls from the Labor side of the house]
BUT, it REPLACES the holiday with a LEGISLATED paid leave day for all workers that were entitled to the original public holiday.
Lets call this a PHIL day – you’re smiling now aren’t you Phil*.
PHIL – Paid Holiday In Lieu
PHIL day is paid at ordinary time for the number of hours the employee works on any day.
PHIL day can be taken at any time of the employees choosing – to add an extra day to their holidays, take a Monday to make a long weekend, or perhaps use it for an emergency – instead of taking a sickie.
“taken at any time at the employees choosing” may need some modification as it may not be practical in some areas.
By introducing a PHIL day I believe that everyone benefits.
Businesses can now operate an extra day.
Employees will still receive the same number of legislated leave days, but they can now choose their day off.
It’s all win/win as far as I’m concerned.
AND, if the government of the day likes that idea, they may also like this – we can also do it with the Queen’s Birthday public holiday!
Phil* is my partner and deserves a holiday named after him.