I was reading a typical left-wing apologist writing about Australia being very much in line with other developed economies when it comes to wages, conditions and leave entitlements. Normal stuff – nothing to see, move along, if you object to this stuff, you are a heartless, homicidal beast.
But having been trained in the “if it looks wrong, it is wrong” school of thinking, I came across this chart and thought: hang on a minute – we have more than 7 public holidays a year. In Victoria, at least, there are 11 public holidays each year because Easter Saturday is a declared public holiday (Jeff Kennett tried to get rid of this, but his decision was reversed). The others are: New Year’s Day, Australia Day, Labour Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, ANZAC Day, Queen’s Birthday, Melbourne Cup, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
So instead of the total being 27 it is actually 31 statutory days of leave (at least for permanent workers) which pretty much puts Australia up the top of the pack, along with basket cases such as Spain, Portugal and Italy.
Note that the source of the document is Harvard, No Vacation Report. One wonders whether the figures for the other countries are also inaccurate. Take care when accepting the veracity of figures and charts in documents trying to push an agenda (Americans need more statutory holidays) seems to be the message.