As anticipation builds around the performance of the Matildas in the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup, the possibility of a national public holiday to honour their triumph is slated to be a focal point of discussion. The upcoming meeting between the Prime Minister and state and territory leaders, scheduled for Wednesday, is expected to address this proposal. However, a second state premier has expressed reservations regarding this plan.
Marking a historic milestone, the Matildas have accomplished an unprecedented feat, distinguishing themselves as the first Australian football team, regardless of gender, to secure a place in the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup.
With the semi-finals representing a pivotal juncture on the path to the ultimate victory, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has thrown his support behind the notion of granting Australians a day off as a gesture of recognition should the Matildas emerge victorious.
In New South Wales (NSW), Premier Chris Minns has echoed this sentiment by publicly endorsing the concept. He has affirmed that, in the event of the Matildas achieving a World Cup victory, he is prepared to declare a public holiday within a week to commemorate their achievement.
But not everyone is a fan!
Federal Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has expressed his reservations about such a proposition.
Dutton’s primary concern centres around the economic impact of declaring a public holiday. He cites estimations of a $2 billion cost to the economy, a figure that raises concerns, particularly considering the challenging economic environment for small businesses. He argues that such an expense may not be viable for businesses already grappling with financial constraints.