Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has exclusively told The Daily Aus there will be a “race” to declare a public holiday if the Matildas win the Women’s World Cup.
It comes after the Prime Minister said he’d consider a public holiday if the Socceroos won the Men’s World Cup last year.
With the Women’s World Cup starting next month, The Daily Aus asked the Prime Minister: Will there be a public holiday if the Matildas win?
The PM replied…
“It’s up to each state and territory to designate public holidays. But rest assured – should the Matildas win the World Cup on home soil I reckon there will be a race by Premiers to declare a public holiday.”
The Daily Aus has reached out to the leaders of each state and territory in Australia to confirm if they will declare a public holiday. They are yet to respond.
The Matildas have responded to the news, saying “[it’s a] bet”.
The Women’s World Cup
The Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand is set to be the most attended in the tournament’s history. Over a million tickets have already been sold.
Kicking off on 20 July, it will be a 64-game, month-long tournament between 32 nations.
It will be held in six Australian venues and four New Zealand venues. The final will be held at Stadium Australia in Sydney.
The Australian Matildas’ World Cup opener has already been sold out, and changed to a bigger venue to accommodate surging demand.
Both of the Matildas’ scheduled matches in Sydney and Melbourne have been sold out, with obstructed viewing tickets among the few left for their Brisbane match.
There’s limited ticketing available for the New Zealand Football Ferns’ first two matches of the tournament in Auckland and Wellington.
The final will be held on 20 August.