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Day off for Melbourne Cup would be a winner

SHOULD Queenslanders be equal to Victorians and get the day off to race to a good spot to watch the Melbourne Cup?

Seventy per cent of the Chronicle's Facebook readers seem to think so and they've given some valid, well-thought-out reasons as to why they should be allowed to skip work.

The majority of them said a day off is a must as it's the race that stops the nation.

Debbie Kurikka said it should be a holiday as most businesses closed their doors on Melbourne Cup day to watch the race.

"Solicitors have long luncheons, local clubs have a full house to watch the race so it's a definite yes," she said.

Another supporter of a day off, Nina Griffiths, said "most people try and get the day off anyway".

A true blue Aussie, Tina Faulkner also gave a definite yes.

"The whole world stops for us, so why shouldn't we have a holiday," she said.

While some are resigned to the fact that Queenslanders will never get the day off, they are willing to settle for a compromise.

Jenny Clarke suggested companies give half a day off.

"It is a family tradition to watch the race and enjoy the day, so half a day off would be great!" she wrote.

But some thought it was a bad idea.

Elsa Lejins said there wasn't a need for a national holiday.

"Most businesses allow workers to have office sweeps and watch the race on TV or listen to it on the radio. It's a bit of fun for a short time and then back to business," she said.

Andrew Duggan said it should remain as it is.

MELBOURNE CUP COVERAGE

"Time doesn't stop, services are needed, people should work for their pay, not expect it for nothing," he said.

 Don't miss your Melbourne Cup Guide in APN daily papers on Monday 3 November and Tuesday 4 November.

The guide includes jockey colours, office sweep, updated form, feature stories and previews and is your destination for all things Melbourne Cup.

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