What a joke: A public holiday the day before a football game! 218



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Tomorrow is a public holiday for Victorians, being called “Grand Final Friday”. The day before AFL Grand Final day, it seems a bit of a lark that a whole state needs to stop, the day before a nationally significant football game so they can watch two teams, a day and a half later for three hours on the TV. Seems a little ludicrous to me when our country is facing a productivity crisis.  Melbournites already get another public holiday in November for Melbourne Cup. At least that one is on the day of the sporting event!

This is the first year of the public holiday, which was introduced in August across the whole of Victoria, by their State Government. It is already being called out for cancellation by business groups.

But it sure makes Melbourne look like a fun place to live.

The day was created many say, to allow Victorians to attend the AFL Grand Final Parade that tours the streets of Melbourne on the Friday, traditionally. Many workers were known to opt-out of turning up to work or take a very long lunch break to enjoy it, so it seemed more productive to the Government to shut down a whole state, regional areas and all, football loving or not!

What’s next… Should Queenslanders be able to take Monday off to celebrate the day after the NRL Grand Final? We could call it “Mad Monday”.

Could the Friday before the Bathurst 1000 be turned into a motorcade through Sydney’s streets, for productivity.

Maybe a two week holiday for the Australian Open will be next.  And it’s not that far fetched because it is in Melbourne too.

Do you agree with a public holiday in Melbourne on the DAY BEFORE Grand Final day?

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. I think it’s crazy. First a public holiday for a horse race now one for the footy, not against the footy or horse raceing, but I would rather take time out and reflect on the inocent children and family members that have been abused and killed.

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    • Years ago I lived in Melbourne Michelle and for workers the cup was a half day off, schoolkids were the only ones who got the whole day off. Like you, I think it’s ridiculous for a horse race, but to have one for a footy match? Stupid.

    • Michelle you will always get the idiots that will embrace any excuse to take a day off, however there are many people in Melbourne who like myself think it is wrong!

  2. This is why Victoria is the sporting capital of the world. Great idea.

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    • No John your kidding yourself if you believe that is why we are the sports capital of the world, not everyone would agree with you that a public holiday is needed for the footy.

  3. So pathetic, haven’t heard one person say it is a good idea!!! No office workers in the city to help give atmosphere as the Parade goes through etc etc. BIG MISTAKE!!!

  4. I live in Melbourne and I think it is fair to say that I like many others think it’s a HUGE MISTAKE, of course there will be the die hard’s who will say yes to any public holiday if it’s going to get them a day off, with no consideration of the impact on the economy and productivity. This is definitely one PUBLIC HOLIDAY THAT SHOULD TAKE A PERMANENT HOLIDAY ALONG WITH THE IDIOT WHO CREATED IT!!!!!!

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    • Trish, totally agree with you, unfortunately “we the people” voted the idiot into power. Now we must pay the price!!

  5. NSW have Monday off after Rugby League Grand Final

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  6. We seem to have way to many Public Holidays in this country and many people don’t even relate to the reasons we are having the day off, it is just an excuse to get drunk for some

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