LETTER: What's in a date? A lot when it's Australia Day
THIS year, Australia Day falls on a Thursday and employers are anticipating a number of employees will be phoning in 'sick' the following day, a Friday.
January 26 - the date of the English invasion - is an inappropriate day to be called Australia Day.
Australia Day should be January 1, the day Australia became a nation.
On January 1, 1901, six British colonies united to form the Commonwealth of Australia.
This year, if January 1 had already been declared Australia Day, there would've been no public holiday on Thursday, January 26.
The New Year's Day public holiday need not be lost however.
I suggest this public holiday become a 'floating public holiday' to be decided each year.
For example, this year Monday, April 24, (the day before Anzac Day) could've been declared a public holiday thereby allowing families a long weekend.
- Clive Hodges, St Lucia