Public Holidays

On 17 August the Australian Industry Group released a report on the impacts of the Premier's grand final eve public holiday. The key findings were that three-quarters, or 158 000, of the businesses surveyed are expected to close for the entire day, there will be $1 billion in lost or deferred sales and closed businesses will be left with $500 million in wages cost. The Premier's reckless decision will cost Victoria $1.5 billion and will mean three out of four businesses are expected to close. The closure of 158 000 businesses means thousands and thousands of Victorians will lose pay because of the Premier's thought bubble.