Premier Daniel Andrews has refused to scrap the Grand Final eve public holiday disregarding submissions from doctors, dentists, retailers, bankers, hotels, tradies and local councils. Countless businesses in our local community also signed my petition to scrap the holiday, due to the costs forced on traders.
The Australian Industry Group estimates that three quarters of Victorian businesses will effectively be forced to shut for the day. The cost in lost or deferred sales will reach $1 billion and closed businesses will still be left with $500 in wages costs. This means Daniel Andrews reckless decision will cost the state approximately $1.5 billion.
However, the majority of Jewish businesses will have no choice other than to remain open on Grand Final eve. With Friday being the busiest day of trade for the Jewish community in preparation for the Sabbath, businesses will be forced into paying penalty rates to stay open. I encourage all businesses that must stay open to send the Premier an invoice for the costs incurred because of the holiday.
The impact of this unwarranted public holiday is not limited to economic matters. Around 690 medical operations that ordinarily would have taken place will now be added to the State’s waiting list. Additionally, more than 6,700 outpatient appointments have also been moved to different days.
Interstate and International visitors for the grand final will encounter a ghost town in the CBD, with it being uneconomical for businesses to open. This is at a time when the city and state should be at its vibrant best