Thousands of Aussies threw a sickie yesterday after Australia Day antics left many with a sore head.
Thousands of Aussies threw a sickie yesterday after Australia Day antics left many with a sore head. Georja Ryan

Aussies hit the doona

A NUMBER of Southern Downs employees trade their work clothes for pyjamas and a tube of Berocca after Australia Day.

Deemed a national sickie day, Aus-boxing Day has proven a favourite time to call in sick to work, with many opting for a self-nominated four-day weekend.

For Warwick Harvey World Travel manager Aly Palmer, skipping work was not an option.

"If I have to come to work, why doesn't anyone else? It's just a normal day," Ms Palmer said.

"Sorry if you have a hangover. Yeah, we all had a few beers, but it's not Australia Day anymore."

Nationally, yesterday's sickies were expected to cost employers $65 million.

It was predicted a breakout of sudden illnesses would affect more than 171,000 Aussies, leaving them unable to attend work.

Perhaps a hangover would be a better choice of words?


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