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Industry Comment - Retail Traders Association

Changes to shopping hour restrictions in WA will present challenges to retailers of all types and sizes.

However, the WA Government’s public consultation document on retail trading hours correctly highlights the extent of consumer support for greater flexibility in shopping hours and the wider economic benefits that will flow from reform.

Independent consumer surveys have repeatedly demonstrated the majority support for change, but for too long West Australians have been denied the opportunity to participate in an informed debate on the emotive issue of shopping hours reform.

It should be consumers who determine who succeeds or fails and not the unwarranted intervention of government in deciding where, when and which retailers should be allowed to open.

Western Australian Farmers Federation

The State Government should be applauded on its efforts to encourage farm forestry, but its new commercial tree-farming package is doomed, as was its predecessor.

This is due to a lack of landholder and industry consultation.

The Government package ignores the reality of market forces, management and cultural issues in rural WA.

Had the Government engaged with the landholders and their representative organisations the mistaken assumptions behind this package may have been avoided.

To achieve the economies of scale to make the program a success, farmers will need to be involved in large numbers.

It is not too late for the Government to open the doors to full industry consultation.

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