Grand final eve public holiday Labor's public holidays

Benalla businesses say holiday will cost them

21 September 2015

Monday 21 September 2015

Benalla Businesses are overwhelmingly opposed to the introduction of Labor’s AFL grand final parade public holiday, a new survey has found.

The survey, circulated by Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan shows the holiday will be costly for local businesses.

In Question Time during Parliament this week, Ms Ryan asked the Industry Minister Lily D’Ambrosio what advice the government had been given regarding the impact of the new public holidays on small business in regional Victoria.

Ms Ryan said the Minister had dismissed concerns from local small business.

“The Minister has trivialised the massive cost these holidays will have on our small businesses in the Euroa electorate,” Ms Ryan said.

“The Grand Final Eve holiday is a day which no one has asked for but everyone is going to pay for.

“The government’s own regulatory impact statement shows this holiday – along with the public holiday on Easter Sunday – will cost Victorians $1.2 billion and 353,000 casual workers their shifts.”

“The responses from Benalla businesses have sent a very clear message that the vast majority of people see this as a ludicrous decision,” Ms Ryan said.

“Local business owner Graham Parker will be opening on the day however said the holiday was a ludicrous decision.

“He made the comment: ‘The government does not seem to understand how this holiday will impact business. This is an extra holiday that business owners have to pay for.  We work hard enough as it is and this holiday basically means we are trading with no productivity.’

“The 23 staff at Gum Nuts Resort Childcare Centre have been dealing with angry parents who are trying to find other options for their children, because the early learning centre cannot afford to stay open on the day.

“In Violet Town the six employees who work on a causal basis at All Terrain Weed Control will lose their shifts. Owner Jean McKinnon told me: ‘We aren't a big business and margins are tight. This holiday just adds to the pressure of trying to maintain a small business in regional Victoria. People in regional Victoria want employment opportunities not more public holidays!’”

Ms Ryan said she had made this feedback known to the government, raising the matter in Parliament several times in recent weeks.

“While some permanent staff will no doubt enjoy a day off, the parade day holiday will leave most people in our area out of pocket,” Ms Ryan said.



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