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These Aussies could get a new public holiday

One state premier says a public holiday for King Charles III’s coronation could be on the cards.

A composite image of Australians enjoying a sunny day at the beach to represent them having a public holiday and King Charles III.
Some Aussies may get a public holiday to mark King Charles III's coronation. (Source: Getty/AAP)

Aussies living in Western Australia may get an additional public holiday this year for the coronation of King Charles III.

WA Premier Mark McGowan said he would consider marking the "historic" moment by giving Western Australians a day off, to celebrate the May 6 event.

“We’ll consider that in the future. No doubt it will be a historic occasion,” McGowan said.

This will be the first time a coronation ceremony has taken place on a weekend since 1902, when Edward VII was crowned king.

King Charles ascended to the throne in September last year when his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, died, but the coronation ceremony is a symbolic religious ceremony to formalise the transfer of power to the monarch and the sovereign’s role as the head of the Church of England.

No other state or territory leader has indicated the coronation ceremony will be marked with a public holiday.

Finder research revealed those living in the ACT, Victoria or Tasmania were the luckiest and could get the most days off per year by maximising public holidays with their annual leave.

Those living in New South Wales get the least, alongside Queenslanders outside of Brisbane.

All Australans received a public holiday on September 22, 2022, as a day of mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

But not everyone was happy about the additional day off, with small business owners complaining public holidays wreak havoc on profits.

Australian Retailers Association CEO Paul Zahra said small business owners typically took the brunt of public holiday trading, which could impact them with staffing requirements and profits.

“This event will create some complications for businesses, with store closures and staff scheduling challenges, with many rosters set up weeks in advance,” Zahra said when The Queen’s mourning day was announced.

“There will also be a small but unexpected loss of trade, and additional staffing costs, which may impact cash flows for small businesses.”

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