Posted on 26. Sep, 2011 in News

The Labor Opposition has launched a campaign calling on the Baillieu Government to consider introducing a new public holiday to celebrate the iconic AFL Grand Final.

Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews urged the Premier to look at the idea.

“The AFL Grand Final is one of the biggest events on our sporting calendar. It attracts attention from across the world and is loved by people of all ages,” Mr Andrews said.

“Victorians find many ways to celebrate in the lead up to the Grand Final, whether it’s attending a barbecue at a local football club or lining up along Melbourne’s streets to welcome the Grand Final
players who take part in the parade.

“That’s why we believe a public holiday on Grand Final Friday makes sense.

“A public holiday would allow more Victorians to attend the parade and other festivities before the Grand Final, and would give regional communities an opportunity to host events.

“Making the Friday before the Grand Final a public holiday would benefit families and tourism, and would help capitalise on a major event in our state.”

Mr Andrews said a new public holiday was also an important way to thank people for the great contribution they made to the community.

“We understand Victorians are working harder every day and a public holiday would give them an opportunity to spend more time with their families.

“There isn’t a public holiday between the Queen’s Birthday and the Melbourne Cup, and I don’t think it’s too much to ask to combine a proper break for families with an iconic sporting event.

“Mr Baillieu has ruled out the idea, but Victorians can urge the Premier to reconsider making Grand Final Friday a public holiday by getting behind this campaign.”

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