Labor keeps expensive AFL parade holiday

The Andrews Labor Government has announced it will keep the AFL parade public holiday for at least another two years, despite its huge cost to local businesses last year.

The Nationals Member for Mildura, Peter Crisp, said many local businesses were forced to shut their doors, cut staff or operate at a loss on the first parade holiday last year.

Impacted small businesses across the state reported losses ranging between $1000 and $5000 as a direct result of the parade holiday.

“The penalty rates were too expensive for many local businesses last year, so they closed or cut staff shifts on the AFL parade day,” Mr Crisp said.

“The new holiday is for a parade in Melbourne, not a local event, so there isn’t an increase in patronage to help to cover the extra wages costs. In fact, the town was quiet.

“The Andrews Labor Government should be creating new jobs in rural and regional Victoria, but instead it’s making life harder for regional businesses and causing casual workers to lose their shifts.”

“Why should rural and regional businesses suffer for a parade 500 kilometres away in Melbourne?” Mr Crisp said.

“This is yet another city-centric decision by the Andrews Labor Government.”

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