Local Business suffers for Grand Final public holiday

EXTRACT FROM PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES HANSARD

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

CONSTITUENCY QUESTIONS

Mr WELLS (Rowville) — (Question 772) The constituency question I raise is for the attention of the Minister for Industry and the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade on behalf of concerned businesses in my electorate of Rowville. I have been contacted by a number of business owners who are angry and dismayed at the cost of this new public holiday.

One manufacturer in Rowville said that the grand final holiday will mean shutting down the production line for the entire day, while still paying staff wages. The business will then need to put workers on overtime to catch up the following week. The owner estimated it would take up to two weeks for production to be back on track. All this disruption is the last thing he needs while trying to compete with manufacturers interstate and overseas. Another transport business described the pressure of paying penalty rates for employees who must work that day delivering fresh food to the major supermarkets. With food to supply and contracts to fulfil, taking the day off is not an option. I ask the Minister for Industry and the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade whether this government will force Victorian businesses to absorb the cost of a public holiday or make sense — —

The DEPUTY SPEAKER — Order! The member’s time has expired.