|Issue No 29
|03 September 1999
Carr Ministersí New Years Eve Betrayal
Carr Government Ministers quoted in media reports opposing a public holiday for New Years Eve have been asked to clarify their position to NSW workers.
The NSW Police Association has raised concerns at the attitudes of Ministers Bob Debus, Richard Face and Kim Yeadon, who were reported in the Sun-Herald as opposing the public holiday.
The Labor Council has asked the government to declare New Years Eve a one-off public holiday in recognition of the special nature of the event and the fact that thousands of workers will be forced to work on the night.
"It is to be hoped that these members were misquoted given the fact that it is unlikely that Parliament will be sitting nor is it likely they will be required to service their constituents on the night on question," Police Association secretary Peter Remfrey says.
"In contrast, a range of workers both in the public and private sector will be required to work to ensure the rest of the community will be able to enjoy the festivities," Remfrey says.
Labor Council secretary Michael Costa says its "highly inappropriate" for Ministers to be commenting on proposals that are awaiting Cabinet approval.
"It's especially galling when you consider State Parliament sat for just 49 days last year," he says.
A Cabinet decision on the public holiday issue is expected this month.
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