Tasmania's statewide and local public holidays will remain unchanged, according to Liberal MHA Elise Archer, who says that a review was completed by government and no significant changes will be made at this time.
Word of a public holiday review that was conducted by the Justice Department surfaced in March 2019 and was followed by confusion over whether a further review and community consultation would take place.
The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce called for a state committee or taskforce to investigate, stressing that it was not about a reduction in public holidays and instead a consolidation of local half-day, show day and cup day holidays.
Tasmanians get nine core public holidays that coincide with the rest of Australia, one show public holiday that coincides with their region, and either Recreation Day or Regatta Day, depending on where they live.
Despite the "disappointing decision" announced by the government yesterday that holidays will remain the same, TCCI chief executive Michael Bailey said the organisation would still be attempting to have a robust discussion with government to make sense of "this very confusing space".
Launceston Chamber of Commerce chief executive David Peach said the issue should remain open for discussion.
"It seems ridiculous that the Northern part of the state is in public holiday while the Southern part of the state is not. It is counter intuitive to business, in my opinion," Mr Peach said.
"If I'm in business today [October 8] in Hobart then my supplier in Launceston isn't contactable, and that is a problem for business. If we all go on break together then supply chains don't get disrupted."
Business minister Elise Archer said holidays would stay the same, but changes case by case could still occur. For example, Flinders Island community is in consultation to change the date of its show day and coinciding public holiday.
"After completing a review, and after careful consideration, our government has decided not to make any significant changes to state-wide or local public holidays at this time, including local show day holidays," she said.