Opinion

Melbourne Cup day wouldn’t be the same at home

EDITORIAL: So, most people on the Fraser Coast reckon Melbourne Cup day should be a public holiday.

I wonder if they are same ones who believe you should take the day off work for your birthday.

Or that it's okay to stay at home when your cousin in Darwin has a mild chest infection.

Let's be honest, some people just want more days off and they don't particularly care why.

I don't recall ever watching the Melbourne Cup in any way other than standing around a wireless or TV set in a newsroom.

Actually it's quite a social event that wouldn't be the same at home.

One thing the Cup does well is bringing workplaces together.

Typically businesses have a bit of tucker spread on a desk somewhere, the office sweep, through which you sometimes talk to people you only ever nodded at in the kitchen, and a minimum three-minute break from office duties.

That's too much to give up, in my view.

Rather than creating a public holiday, the government could offer tax deductions for office sweeps in the name of fostering workplace harmony.

It'd probably be cheaper and have a far more positive effect on the community.

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