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Labor to oppose retail trading change

The push for extended retail trading hours in Perth is doomed to fail after the Labor opposition decided to oppose the move, joining the Nationals who also oppose change.

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Perth
That's it, the final straw - we're leaving. No Daylight Saving, No evening grocery shopping for us workers. I'm uprooting my family and heading for Canada. All the benefits of living in a civilised society with Daylight Saving (Daylight until 10pm or later in summer) and shopping hours with the added benefit of the purchasing power on the back of the USA. Canada also has no Private Health Care System and a no Private School system to speak of. The result is public services that work for everyone and politicians who work to construct a better society generally without trying to please every single minority group. I thought the pommes were supposed to the whingers, sounds more like every WA person who has ever voted no or campaigned against change.

welshpool
i don't believe extended hours will create extra jobs as smaller business will fail and the 2 major chains will grow stronger. if anyone would win out of this it would be the 2 major chains who already have too much market power. i also believe extended trading hours will add to the cost of running a business so prices will increase even though that may be not straight away. and extended hours wont give me more money to spend at the shops. how can buying frozen peas until 9pm make W.A are more exciting place to live ???

Yanchep
Well, I wont be voting for labour again! Come back from the dark ages people! If Darwin can have a 24hr Coles, why can't Perth have at least shops until 9pm??

Perth
What an absolute joke - how is this State ever going to progress with old, outdated and restrictive trading laws. If more than 85% of businessess opposed extended trading then all those businesses should also be prevented from trading outside of the standard hours - there should be one rule for all.

Newcastle
I cannot believe that Eric Ripper has had the hide to retard the development of the state based on the views of a few retailers. I have just returned home to Australia after ten years abroad and Perth is one of he very (VERY) few backwaters where you cannot get anything after 5pm. Maybe he should have asked 1200 of Perth's consumers who are never able to make it to their retail outlets on time due to work commitments. Or maybe he should have asked 1200 employers who have to bear the brunt of this sort of archaic thinking when they have to let productive people leave early to deal with issues they should be able to resolve after hours. Perth is a city that is bursting with opportunity, and bursting to take off as a true global destination instead of an oversized mining town. But it never will until we throw out the current flock of leaders with their restrictive thinking and uninspired and narrow leadership. I cannot believe this is even an issue in the early 21st century. Daryl...

Mount Lawley
What a backflip! Wasn't Labor advocating changes to retail hours a few years ago? If people do not wish to shop after 6pm, it's easy - do not go shopping! If small business owners do not want to open after 6pm (and potentially make money), it's easy - do not open your business! Please let the rest of us make our own choices! I cannot believe so many people in this state actively advocate for less choice and convenience!

Perth
The majority have spoken! Listen to the people, we have had three referendums, must we have another until we get the "right" outcome.

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