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Everyone Has Strong Feelings About Victoria's New Public Holiday

Melbourne and chill.

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The state premier Daniel Andrews established the new "Grand Final Friday" as part of a pre-election commitment to give the state the day to soak in the excitement before the AFL grand final.

But it's not without controversy.

Businesses are a bit shitty because they have to pay penalty rates and argued it would dent the economy. One reports suggests it could cost the economy $900 million.

Yep. $900 million for a day off.

So in strolls the new prime minister (who hails from a rugby league state) who was ready to sledge the holiday.

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It meant Andrews had to return fire, showing how much Melbourne was just loving the new public holiday.

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Labor MPs were also ready to defend the holiday.

@TurnbullMalcolm did you find the crowd yet? Wrong tram again?

It seems people still showed up to the parade.

My train was packed. Bloody ghost town. @TurnbullMalcolm

And of course Victorians are getting into an argument. So Melbourne.

I love how Melb plans to debate whether we should be having a public holiday the WHOLE day. So Melbourne. It's like the 90s again #GFfriday

Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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