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Kealy: Public holiday pain

Member for Lowan Emma Kealy believes small businesses and regional communities are ‘enduring’ the damaging impact of new public holidays.

Ms Kealy made the call as an AFL Grand Final holiday weekend approaches.

Last year the State Government introduced two new public holidays – on Easter Sunday and the day before the AFL grand final, which this year is September 30.

“It is disappointing that many of our local small businesses will be forced to close their doors for the day with employees also losing income,” Ms Kealy said.

“I have been speaking to a local business that lost more than $200,000 as a result of last year’s AFL grand final public holiday.

“The mind boggles as to how much this frivolous public holiday is costing our local economy.

“In regional Victoria 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 has 13 public holidays, the highest number of any Australian state or territory.

Ms Kealy said the government’s own assessment of its grand-final parade public holiday found it would cost Victoria as much as $898-million a year.

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

Ms Kealy said Australian Industry Group research into the impact of the first grand-final 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,” she said.

“Premier 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 at or phone my office on 5382 0097,” she said.

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