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Monday, 13 February 2017
Page: 660

Public Holiday

Dear Mr Vasta

Thank you for your letter of 23 November 2016 concerning the petition to create a new national public holiday to recognise Halloween.

The Commonwealth Government does not set public holidays. This is the responsibility of state and territory governments.

I can also inform you that the Commonwealth Government has no plans to recognise Halloween as a public holiday.

Yours sincerely

From the Minister for Employment, Minister for Employment, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service Senator Cash