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The relaxation of Sunday trading laws is a start but the changes does not go far enough, according to Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce president Justin Smith.

The relaxation of Sunday trading laws is a start but the changes does not go far enough, according to Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce president Justin Smith.

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  • 1. Shopping Changes ‘A Start’© The Mortgage Gallery Rockingham
  • 2. By Cahair O’kane Sound Telegraph February 29, 2012 The relaxation of Sunday trading laws is a start but the changes does not go far enough, according to Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce president Justin Smith. His comments follow last week’s announcement that the State Government would finally bring WA into line with the rest of the country by amending the Retail Trading Hours Act. The changes will mean all metropolitan general retail shops, which include major supermarkets and department stores, can open between 11am and 5pm on Sundays. While pleased the laws were finally being relaxed, Mr. Smith believed there must be further changes to achieve the competitive retail sector the Government claims the new law will provide. “It’s a move that well overdue.” he said. “It’s a start but there is still lots more deregulation to be done. “Why just 11am-5pm? Why even 10am-5pm? Bunnings can open at 6am and stay open until 9pm if they want, yet Masters are bound to the hours of 11 to 5. “It’s better that what it was, but there is still that distinction for no reason. There might be a 15 to 20 percent difference in terms of the stock the two hold, but the difference in the allowed opening hours is not relevant. “As far as I’m concerned, business owners should have the right to open whenever they want, within reason. If they’re open on Sundays and they’re employing people, then it’s all a positive contribution.” Mr. Smith believes the law changes could have a positive impact on the Rockingham Kwinana area’s unemployment rate among young people, which is one of the highest in WA.© The Mortgage Gallery Rockingham
  • 3. “The unemployment rate among our young here in Rockingham and Kwinana is around 20-25 percent,” he said. “The relaxation of the Sunday trading laws will apply largely to shops that will employ young, unskilled workers, so it fits perfectly and should help the employment sector as well,” he said.© The Mortgage Gallery Rockingham