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“It’s for workers, but
“Wasn’t it for an eight-
“When I was working, I
never worked less than 85
hours a week anyway and
it’s not really a concern
Peter Roberts, Mt
“Labour Day is from the
“It’s for the recognition
of labour that people have
put in over time.”
“Labour Day is some-
thing to do with the la-
bour movement, eight-
hour days maybe?
“And the relevance, I
guess we are all working
longer hours these days so
I don’t know.”
Ben Fuller, Spencer
“I would have no idea
what the day is for but it’s
a public holiday.”
- Henry Joseph, Mar-
“It’s a public holiday so
it must have some sort of
“I’m not really sure what
it is for but I’m retired
“I believe there are too
many holidays anyway,
but many younger people
would probably say the
“I guess if people knew
the significance of it then
yes it would be important,
like Good Friday.”
- Doris Muscat, Lower
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AN Albany tradesman is set to represent Western
Australia as part of the state’s WorldSkills team later
David Spencer-Cotton of Gledhow will represent his
specialist skill of sign writing in the competition to be
held in Brisbane from May 7 to 9.
“It just goes to show the level of vocational education
and training that is available in this part of the state,”
said South West MLC Robyn McSweeney.
Mr Spencer-Cotton will be part of a team of more than
50 from metropolitan and regional areas to compete in
the national WorldSkills competition.
Eligible medallists will then have the chance to rep-
resent Australia at the 2011 International WorldSkills
competition in London.
The WA team was selected from 103 medal winners
who excelled in the competition at a state level, in
industries such as carpentry, electrical installation,
hairdressing, and printing and graphic arts.
“Each competitor will undertake a major project
in the competition that will test their specialist skill
so in David’s case that will be signcraft,” said Mrs
WorldSkills is a global network of 49 countries that
participate in trade and skills competitions.
MARITIME archaeology with a south
coast flavour was presented in Albany
last weekend by the Australasian Insti-
tute of Maritime Archaeology.
Run in association with the WA Museum
– Albany, the Department of Culture and
the Arts Cultural Programs for Com-
munity Collections and Creative Albany,
the course introduced the principles,
methods and procedures employed in
underwater archaeology to keen mari-
time archaeology amateurs.
Organiser Malcolm Traill said par-
ticipants were particularly attracted by
stories of local shipwrecks.
Many finds from around the Town Jetty
before it was demolished were examined
during the workshop. More examination
of the dredge finds are to be checked.
BREAK: Course participants at the museum with
items once used at Breaksea Island.
Skills put to the test
THIS WEEK: WHY do you think we
have Labour Day? Do you think it’s still
Labour Day is just another public holiday
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