Qld treasurer Curtis Pitt. Photo: Robert ShakespeareThe Queensland Government is moving May Day back to May.
Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the Labour Day public holiday would be returned to its traditional date of the first Monday in May next year, in time for the 125th anniversary of the 1891 Shearer’s Strike.
The LNP moved the holiday to October during its term in government, claiming it needed to spread out the state’s public holidays across the year.
Unions and Labor protested the move when then-attorney-general made it, arguing the Queen’s Birthday could be moved instead given Labour Day’s historic links to May. Queen Elizabeth was born in April, but her birth is commemorated in Queensland in June.
Mr Pitt said he was righting an “arrogant decision” by the former government.
“I have discussed this change with business and industry, unions, and others and the government has taken their views on board in coming to its decision,” he said in a statement.
“This decision honours our election commitment while also delivering certainty and stability for everyone.
“From 2016, Labour Day will be celebrated on the first Monday in May and the Queen’s Birthday public holiday on the first Monday in October.”
The government will also reverse the LNP’s workers’ compensation changes, which was also an election commitment.
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