The Queen’s National Day of Mourning announced this morning poses challenges for business, especially for small retailers such as newsagents, and especially in Victoria.
Friday, September 23 is already a holiday for the AFL Grand Final.
Now we have designated the day before, September 22, as a public holiday. It’s a Thursday, and the accompanying magazine is challenging some as well.
We will all have to take opening hours and schedule settings into account. Given the fine rates, this poses a challenge.
Since the school holidays are already underway, that is also a consideration.
Everyone has their local situation to consider. For us in the suburbs of Melbourne, for instance, it will be open for half a day on National Mourning Day, I think. Probably from 7am to 1pm.
Most sales for many newsagents are newspapers, at 12.5% GP and magazines, at 25% GP. The pay will be about $45 per hour. You will soon be able to calculate the costs of being open on this new holiday.
Perhaps the federal and state governments can join in the mourning and waive taxes and fees for a day. That is, of course, a ridiculous and impossible suggestion. But I do wonder what the costs are for all companies of this new holiday. Especially in small businesses, days like these increase costs for entrepreneurs, either in financial terms or on their own time.
I understand that there are some in the community who will embrace and appreciate National Day of Mourning, and I understand that the country, as part of the Commonwealth, must be seen to do something like this, and that many Australians will want it. What’s frustrating is the significant cost to small businesses without consultation – which, of course, would be impossible in this rare circumstance.
I just mention it to note.
It would also be rude not to notice the economic value deriving from the Queen’s death in the sale of newspapers, magazines and mint coins, and more I suspect. So that’s what I’m thankful for.
I’m all for a republic. The sooner the better. The Queen’s death does not make me sad. I don’t feel any connection with her. I am not aware of anything good she has done for me, or for anyone I know. I am aware of her involvement, by proxy and by looking the other way, in the removal of a democratically elected government in Australia, as thoroughly documented in The palace lettersby Jenny Hocking.
Bloodline monarchies, in my opinion, have no place in democracy.
Yes, she was a strong woman with influence in the world, and she was nice and she was the official British head of state. But getting the seat because of the bloodline and the fact that I’m surrounded by so much luxuries and opulence from public funding is problematic for me, as is their invasion of well-regulated countries, such as Australia, where the indigenous peoples were massacred.