but the holiday will be celebrated on Monday. Australians have to have their public holiday. If Australia Day or any other "day" falls on a Saturday or Sunday then Australians have to have a day off on the following Monday.
I really do not know why they need this. Australia Day should be 'celebrated' on the day - or not at all. We do not need a further holiday at great cost. It also makes a mockery of the occasion, just as it does if Anzac Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday.
There was a small article in the paper recently saying that forty percent of Australians feel the flag needs shall we say a 'bit of a push or an airing'. I wonder why? There are flags all over the place at present, many of them flying from cars. People are wandering around in Australia Day t-shirts and caps (both made in China of course).
It was also said in the same article that support for a republic has dropped still further and only about a third of the population would now vote for one. That bothers me not at all. I have never supported the idea of 'becoming a republic'. Australia is an independent country now.
But these apparent (and probably inaccurate) statistics are hardly surprising in a country which cannot celebrate its own day on the day.