Sunrise host Nat Barr has confronted an Opposition minister over Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s plan to give Australians a public holiday if the Matildas win the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
It’s been revealed that the PM will push state leaders when National Cabinet meets next week into giving Australians a day off if the Aussies take home the World Cup trophy.
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In a Hot Topics segment with the Minister for Home Affairs Clare O’Neil and Shadow Finance Minister Jane Hume on the Channel Seven morning show, Nat asked whether the outspoken politicians supported the public holiday.
While O’Neil gave the plan the big thumbs up, Hume said she was opposed to the move.
“Albo’s rolling out Bob Hawke’s greatest hits here, but small businesses paying high penalty rates will be the ones that suffer,” she said.
Nat Barr with Clare O’Neil (left) and Jane Hume (right). Credit: Sunrise
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“How about people celebrate the Matildas victory by going and eating out of a small business at a pub at a restaurant and helping small businesses support themselves in a cost of living crisis?”
Nat then queried the Opposition minister on why the Matildas shouldn’t be celebrated with a national public holiday if they were to win the World Cup.
“So that’s a no, Jane – the Opposition is against a public holiday if the Matildas win?” Nat questioned.
“There are lots of ways to celebrate without taking a public holiday and hurting small business,” Hume responded.
Not giving up, Nat went back at Hume saying that a Matildas win would be monumental.
“A record number of people have watched these incredible women do incredible things this week. If they win, that would be enormous,” Nat said.
“So is this a good way to celebrate right?”
But Hume wouldn’t back down, saying that sleeping in during a day off shouldn’t be on the cards.
“What a very Australian thing to do, to say we’re going to take a day off and have a sleep in so that we can celebrate something when we could be celebrating it at a small business,” she said.
“Let’s do that and support our small businesses.”
Anthony Albanese is pushing for a national public holiday if the Matildas win the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Credit: Sunrise
Home Affairs Minister O’Neil was speechless over Hume’s opposition to the public holiday plan.
“Pro nuclear but against public holidays – Jane, come on,” she said.
“I can’t say this enough – come on, come on!” she said.
“This would be an amazing victory for our country and something that would be you know, a hallmark day for women’s sport.
“We’ve got to celebrate these victories and I think Jane’s right – if people have a day off, go out to the pub, and support these small businesses.”
But Hume countered that small business owners would still be disadvantaged.
“The pubs aren’t getting a day off!” she said. “They’re paying penalty rates!”
O’Neil and Hume went head to head over the debate. Credit: Sunrise
O’Neil responded by saying it was a bold move to oppose the day off.
“I think it’s a very brave thing to be advocating not to have a public holiday to celebrate this amazing thing for the country,” she said. “But I’ll leave that to Jane.”
Earlier in the segment, O’Neil said small businesses shouldn’t complain about the public holiday proposal.
“Oh, look, I think businesses can’t be grumbling about this if the Matildas win the World Cup,” she said.
“This will be probably the biggest sporting achievement in Australia’s history. And I think 26 million people are going to deserve a day off to celebrate.
“So I am 100 per cent with the PM on this one.”