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No extra public holidays for Victoria

"The Australian Industry Group has supported the Victorian Government's decision not to proclaim an additional public holiday on Sunday 25 December, given that a Christmas Day public holiday has already been proclaimed on Tuesday 27 December," the Victorian Head of Ai Group, Tim Piper, said today.

"The Government has recognised that 'enough is enough' and we do not need additional public holidays.

"Victoria already has the unenvied leadership position of having the most public holidays in the country. We don't want to add to that," Mr Piper said.

"Employees would be receiving Sunday penalty rates (typically double time) on 25 December and then increased penalty rates (typically double time and a half) on both the 26th and 27th December.

"To add another public holiday would simply impose additional costs on businesses. It would discourage them from opening and would not properly serve the public

"It would be a sensible move for other States to fall in line with the Victorian position on the Christmas Day public holiday," Mr Piper said.  

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