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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 84

(Question No. 4864)

Mr Blunt asked the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 11 November 1986:

(1) Is it a practice of his Department to recognise local public holidays in regional centres which arise as a result of district shows or race meetings; if so, (a) at what level is the decision taken, (b) is there a Departmental guideline on the matter and (c) is local practice used only as a guide or observed fully, for example, if the local practice is a half day holiday, would the regional office take a half day or a full day holiday.

(2) What is the basis of payment to officers in these circumstances.

Mr Willis —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes, it is the practice of the Department to recognise such local public holidays at regional centres;

(a) decisions are taken by the Public Service Board,

(b) there is no Departmental guideline on the matter, and

(c) the Public Service Board follows local community practice when determining the length of time to be taken as a local public holiday.

(2) Full pay is the basis of payment in these circumstances.