Business welcomes extra shopping hours

The Western Australian business community has welcomed extra shopping hours for Labour Day and Easter Monday, announced today by Commerce Minister Michael Mischin.

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCI) Chief Executive Officer Deidre Willmott said business and consumers would both welcome the Barnett Government’s initiative and the extra hours of trade would lead to increased economic activity.

“Every extra hour where shoppers can spend their cash and businesses can open their doors leads to more money being injected into the economy,” Ms Willmott said.

“Business is encouraged by the Barnett Government’s recognition of the importance of the retail industry and welcomes today’s announcement of extra hours of trade on Labour Day and Easter Monday.

“The Western Australian business community would love to see extended trade opportunities afforded to retailers and consumers throughout the rest of the year – business believes WA’s archaic retail trading laws should be fully deregulated, to give consumers and business owners’ freedom about when they choose to shop and trade.

“Business has been pleased by the incremental reforms to trading hours legislation made by the Liberal-National Government over the past few years and welcomes the Liberal Party’s commitment to open up trade from 9am on Sundays should they win the election – WA business urges Mark McGowan and WA Labor to make the same commitment to extend retail trading hours and boost the WA economy.”

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