Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Should Cup Day Be a Holiday?

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Should Cup Day Be a Holiday?

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LARA

WEBSTER

Reporter

lara.webster@gympietimes.com

ON TUESDAY, everyone will unite for the Melbourne Cup; the race that "stops a nation".

Once again calls for a national holiday have been voiced and the debate has hit The Gympie Times readers.

When The Gympie Times posted the question "should the Melbourne Cup Day be a national holiday?" the majority of comments were in agreement, though the margin was not huge.

Of the posts, 59% said yes compared to 40% who said no.

Some of the supporting comments made the point that many employees take a sick day to watch the race, so it made sense to have a holiday.

Others argued that a day off would encourage betting, that horse racing was cruel and that there were negative impacts on businesses.

Councillor for social wellbeing Rae Gate was also against the idea.

She said a Melbourne Cup holiday would likely see many people push past their limits and few would make it to work the following day. …

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