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Public holiday pain for Euroa electorate businesses

23 September 2016

Friday 23 September 2016

Local small businesses and regional communities will again endure the damaging impact of the Andrews Labor Government decision to declare new public holidays, as the AFL Grand Final approaches.

Last year the Andrew’s Labor Government announced two new public holidays on Easter Sunday and the day before the AFL Grand Final (30 September, 2016).

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said the announcement had huge implications for small businesses, particularly in regional areas where few people would travel to Melbourne for the grand final parade.

“It is disappointing that many of our local small businesses will be forced to close their doors once again for the day with both business owners and employees losing income,” Ms Ryan said. 

“I had many businesses come to me last year facing a lose-lose situation – remain open and lose money paying penalty rates and close and lose more money.

“In the Euroa electorate we rely on small businesses to provide the majority of jobs for our local families and young people. They shouldn’t be the ones to pay such a heavy price for these public holidays.”

Victoria now has 13 public holidays, the highest of any state or territory.

The Andrews Labor Government's own assessment of its Grand Final Parade Public Holiday found it would cost Victoria as much as $898 million per year.

“The assessment also confirmed that the additional holidays negatively impacted local councils, aged care and hospitals, with services being cut or organisations being burdened with unfunded wages bills,” Ms Ryan said.

Research conducted by the Australian Industry Group into the impact of the first Grand Final Parade Public Holiday found it imposed a large cost on Victoria, with regional businesses and communities particularly hard-hit.

“I acknowledge some businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector will benefit from a potential increase in trade due to the public holiday, but the large majority of local businesses will suffer,” Ms Ryan said.

“Daniel Andrews must listen to our region’s small businesses and reverse this job destroying decision.

“To help demonstrate the cost of this extra holiday to regional Victoria, I urge people to complete a survey available or phone my office on 5762 2100.”


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