Malinauskas faces first test as Opposition Leader
Tuesday, 10 April 2018
The Leader of the Opposition Peter Malinauskas has a chance to back up his words with action by supporting the Marshall Liberal Government’s reforms to shop trading hours.
“The first real test for Mr Malinauskas is whether he is prepared to put the interests of the public ahead of the interests of his mates in the Shoppies Union, and back shop trading hours deregulation,” said Treasurer Rob Lucas.
“Mr Malinauskas told the media yesterday that he will not be a wrecker and oppose for opposition’s sake.
“If Mr Malinauskas doesn’t back further deregulation of shop trading laws then he will have failed his first test as Leader.
“South Australians want choice and there is a groundswell of public support for further deregulation of the state’s archaic shop trading laws.”
A recent survey undertaken by a UniSA-based institute and commissioned by Business SA, found 75 per cent of South Australians surveyed support changes to the current shop trading laws.
The survey also revealed that 30 per cent of respondents would apply for a job in retail if changes to trading hours were made.
“Overwhelmingly, South Australians want change to our outdated shop trading hours regime,” said Mr Lucas.
“Mr Malinauskas and the Labor Party have a genuine opportunity to demonstrate that they are listening to South Australians, and commit to not standing in the way of this important reform.
“Yesterday Mr Malinauskas said that he would listen to South Australians and not ‘tell them what’s good for them’.
“SA’s archaic shop trading regime is a classic case of the SDA telling South Australians what’s good for them – Mr Malinauskas should heed his own words.
“The Marshall Liberal Government wants to give greater choice to consumers and retailers, and create more jobs and opportunities in SA’s retail sector which will flow from allowing businesses to remain open when they want.
“The Labor Party and the crossbench should not deny South Australians that choice.
“If shoppers want to shop, traders want to trade, and workers are prepared to work, then the law should not prevent them.”