We are starting to get a fix on how much the Victorian government has slugged taxpayers and consumers as compensation for all those firefighters in look-alike official uniforms who did the canvassing and for all the money the union monopolies poured into the campaign.
Although the government refuses to reveal the costs, the opposition says Treasury put the cost to the health department of the Easter Sunday public holiday at $21 million in 2015/16, increasing each year. The cost of the Grand Final Eve holiday was estimated at $26 million.
Of course that’s only the taxpayer cost and covers only one(key) department; consumers and, at least initially, businesses are hit for far more as the penalty rates hit all goods and services produced by the state. The government would regard $47 million as money taxpayers have spent well to place a different brand of exploiters onto the Treasury Benches