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Most Aussies Won't Get A Public Holiday For Anzac Day This Year

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Most Aussies Won't Get A Public Holiday For Anzac Day This Year

The majority of workers across Australia won't have the luxury of enjoying the long weekend that generally comes with Anzac Day celebrations.

Due to this year's event falling on a Sunday, only the ACT, South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland will have Monday, April 26, as a public holiday.

That leaves the rest of Australia undoubtedly envious of their nationwide brethren.

Angus Kidman, travel expert at Finder, told news.com.au: "This is a nice extra for workers in those places, but also a much-needed time to remember those brave men and women and their sacrifice."

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Last year's Anzac Day also took place over a weekend, but due to Covid-19 lockdown, the lack of a public holiday likely went largely unnoticed as major events were cancelled across the year.

The states who miss out on the day off will instead have to wait for the Queen's birthday in June for their next long weekend.

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Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk explained last month how her state was planning to mark Anzac Day this year: "In times of strife, Queenslanders do what it takes to protect each other. We've done it in wartime, and we're doing it now through the global pandemic.

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"Because we've worked together to keep safe, this year we can safely gather to mark the sacrifices of those who have served."

In Victoria, Veterans Minister Shaun Leane said Dawn Services and Commemorative Services will take place with smaller numbers as well as being broadcast on a Facebook live stream.

"We've worked closely with RSL Victoria to ensure the march and Dawn Service could go ahead this year - but there are many ways to honour the hard work and sacrifice of our returned servicemen and women closer to home," Leane said.

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"With hundreds of local services across Melbourne and regional Victoria, I encourage people to stay local this Anzac Day."

And while New South Wales won't be enjoying a day off on the following Monday, it has been announced that the government has allowed an exemption for 10,000 veterans to march in Sydney's CBD.

According to SMH: "The changes will allow 10,000 participants to march through Sydney's CBD in front of spectators and up to 5000 people to attend marches and dawn services in NSW. Those events had previously been limited to 3000 people."

The march along Elizabeth Street starts at Martin Place and ends at the ANZAC memorial at Hyde Park.

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The Department of Premier and Cabinet is also said to be giving out free tickets for those who wish to attend the dawn service in Martin Place in Sydney's CBD, with tickets available to the public on the RSL NSW website from April 12.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said of the decision to give an exemption for the occasion: "I respect ultimately these are calls that have got to be made by state governments, but I want Anzac Day on."

RSL NSW president Ray James said that attendees of the event - many of whom will likely be elderly - will be required to adhere to social distancing rules, with the organisation's website reading: "As the COVID-19 landscape evolves in NSW, updates and changes may be made to ANZAC Day commemorations at any time."

He added that those who wish to honour our veterans should do so from their balconies or driveways.

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"There's more than one way to commemorate including attending a local service, rallying neighbours to 'light up the dawn' at 6 am, or watching the ABC broadcast of the major services across Australia," he said.

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Topics: Australia

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