Tuesday, 3 July 2018
Treasurer Rob Lucas said South Australians overwhelmingly supported deregulating shop trading hours, which Competition Policy Review research showed creates jobs and stimulates economic growth.
“It doesn’t make any sense that you can buy a box of chocolates at 9.30pm on a Friday night in Mount Barker, but travel up the road to Stirling and that same shop would be forced to close.
“Deregulation has been working successfully in regional South Australia for years, without the sky falling in, so why shouldn’t retailers and customers in metropolitan Adelaide also be given the same choice?”
The move comes amid revelations strong customer demand for extended trading hours has driven several independent supermarkets to flout current shop trading laws.
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