Australia's national day of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II to be public holiday
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Australians will get a one-off public holiday on the national day of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II later this month.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese told the ABC September 22 would be a holiday to coincide with a memorial service for the Queen.
"It will be a one-off national public holiday to allow people to pay their respects for the passing of Queen Elizabeth," Mr Albanese said.
The Prime Minister and Governor-General will travel to London for the Queen's funeral, with the memorial to be held upon their return.
Mr Albanese said he had written to advise state and territory leaders of the holiday.
Mr Albanese said the government would also make up the four sitting days that were lost when parliament was suspended following the Queen's death.
"It would be difficult to envisage the sort of adversarial activity that occurs in our parliament … so I think it was appropriate, and protocols require the automatic cancellation," he said.
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He said one of the days would be committed to condolences from the parliament.
Mr Albanese paid further tribute to the Queen while speaking to the ABC before King Charles was proclaimed King of Australia at midday.
He said one of the reasons the Queen held such respect in Australia, besides her constancy, was because she evolved as monarch.
From a looming energy crisis to climate change, Britain's woes are set to get worse, and no change from Queen to King is going to change that.
"She made it clear that Australia is in charge of our own destiny," he said.
"During moments, for example during the referendum that was held, she wasn't a participant in that, she said she'd respect the outcome of the Australian people determining a way forward."
Mr Albanese said the accession of King Charles, whose reign over Australia was proclaimed by the Governor-General outside Parliament House at midday, would start a new era.
"King Charles will need to forge his own path. King Charles of course has been very active and outspoken on issues such as the need for the world to challenge climate change," he said.
He said if the King continued to advocate on the issue he would find it entirely appropriate, as the issue should not be considered political.
"That's a matter for him, but I think that dealing with the issue of climate change shouldn't be a political issue," he said.
"And I think that engagement with issues is different from engagement with party political matters."
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