Australian Victoria Mulls AFL Public Holiday Move To Monday
Source:State Government of Victoria (Melbourne)
Posted: Friday, August 30, 2019 Updated: Saturday, November 9, 2019
The leader of the Reason Party, Fiona Patten, has unsuccessfully introduced a bill, in the legislature of Australia's state of Victoria, to shift the AFL grand final holiday from the Friday before the game to the Monday after, citing a cost of 35 million Australian dollars per hour to the state's business community.
Two years ago (2017-09-18), the Small Business Minister of the State Government of Australia's State of Victoria, Philip Dalidakis, had officially ruled-out the move of the AFL Grand Finale public holiday from the Friday before the Finals, to the Monday after, as requested by business groups who say it's costing its members AUD1.2 billion every year.
Eight years ago (2011-07-17), Daniel Andrews, the then leader of the opposition of Australia's State of Victoria had announced that he would support the push for an extra public holiday to celebrate AFL Grand Final week, if he became premier, a promise he kept as the Premier-elect of the State Government of Australia's State of Victoria, shortly after his election (2014-12-01 and 2015-07-08), by the publication of the declaration this new non-working public holiday in Australia's State of Victoria in the Government Gazette (as opposed to a possibly lengthy parliamentary debate).
The date of the AFL Grand Finale public holiday in the Australian state of Victoria is always announced much later than the list of official public holidays in Victoria for the current year (2018-12-03, 2017-06-17, 2016-11-25, 2016-09-10, 2015-11-07).
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