Australia Prime Minister defends mourning holiday

Australia’s Prime Minister has been forced to defend his announcement of a bank holiday to mark the Queen’s death.

Anthony Albanese announced a national memorial service will be held at the Parliament on twenty second of this month and declared the date a national day of mourning.

Though some, including small businesses and healthcare workers  have criticized the decision to make it a public holiday.

Mr. Albanese says the public holiday was announced as soon as possible and is necessary for the nation to grieve and give gratitude.