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Foreshore development forces trading hours rethink: Omodei

State opposition leader Paul Omodei has raised the prospect of deregulating retail trading hours, raising the issue as part of his foreshore redevelopment plan in a major policy speech at the Committee for Economic Development Australia today.
Outlining his plan for increased tourism and entertainment assets on the Perth riverfront, Mr Omodei said such development was incompatible with the current regulations on trading.
He raised the spectre of going against the 2005 referendum in seeking to end regulation.
"If we are going to make this (foreshore redevelopment), or some other concept of what Perth could be, work then we will have to deal with some important, unfinished business," Mr Omodei said in a speech.
"I refer, of course, to our shopping hours.
"Allowing some shops to open while other similar shops must remain closed goes against the basic principles of free enterprise to which I am committed.
"The sort of international standard developments along our riverfront I am talking about cannot work with our current, outdated retail trading regulations.
"So at some stage we will have to lay down a process for an orderly and sensible move toward deregulating our trading hours."

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