Wednesday 22 April 2015
AFL Grand Final parade
Today’s news of plans to move the Grand Final parade from the city confirms that Daniel Andrews’ announcement was nothing more than a short-sighted election stunt designed to win a headline for a day.
Daniel Andrews’ idea was a thought-bubble that no one asked for, no one wanted, but which will cost millions.
Already, the State’s peak employer group has warned that the public holiday could cost Victorian businesses $543 million. (Source: VECCI statement 17 February 2015)
Indeed, it was VECCI Chief Executive Mark Stone who said the decision by Daniel Andrews highlights: “…the consequences of making populist decisions at the expense of good public policy.”
Daniel Andrews’ pre-Grand Final public holiday is bad for employers, bad for employees and bad for the Grand Final parade.
This is a spectacular own-goal by Daniel Andrews that would be thrown out by the AFL Tribunal.
The success of the Grand Final parade is built around having a city packed with workers – but by creating a ghost town in the CBD – it’s no wonder the AFL is being forced to make radical plans caused by Daniel Andrews’ short-sighted thought bubble.