30/03/2009 - 15:45

Spring start for extended trading hours

30/03/2009 - 15:45

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Premier Colin Barnett has today confirmed his intention to begin extended weeknight trading hours as early as this spring.

Premier Colin Barnett has today confirmed his intention to begin extended weeknight trading hours as early as this spring.

Speaking at a press conference, the Premier stated that discussions in the last three to four weeks with different groups involved in the issue including Coles, Woolworths, Myer, David Jones, Shop Assistants' Union, City of Perth and IGA had resulted in a broad consensus that it was an appropriate time to take this measure.

The extended weeknight shopping hours would mean that shops would be open till 9p.m.

He believed that this would give choice to consumers as well as being a convenience especially to young and working families. It would also mean a better spread in the use of public transport.

Addressing the pressure that this would put on small businesses the Premier said, "No one would be forced to stay open, or trade when it doesn't suit them".

Also under law and lease agreements, it would be impossible to force small businesses to stay open.

The decision to extend trading hours is still pending on meetings with representatives of small businesses.

Despite this, the Premier was of the opinion that support was strong and if going according to plan the issue would be subject to Cabinet and then parliamentary approval and then extended weeknight shopping hours could come into place as early as spring.

The government will not be looking into the issue of Sunday trading hours for the time being.

Extended weeknight trading hours apply only to the metropolitan area and will not affect regional areas.

 

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