The issue of shop trading hours has highlighted further divisions within the Labor Government, Shadow Industrial Relations Minister Rob Lucas said today.
The Government recently announced a decision to extend trading hours in the CBD this coming Sunday to cater for tourists visiting South Australia on cruise ships Queen Mary II and Amadea
However, prominent left MP Leon Bignell is on the record in Parliament strongly opposing the policy now announced by the right-wing controlled Labor Government:
“We should not be looking at shopping hours to be the be all and end all of a tourist experience in South Australia. In fact, if a cruise ship comes in and the shops are closed, perhaps they might come to McLaren Vale for the day, or go to the member for Schubert’s electorate for the day, and actually get out and explore South Australia and the great things that we have got here in South Australia.”
(Hansard, 25 November 2010)
“It is clear that leadership tension, factional infighting and policy division are all we can now expect from the deeply divided Labor Government,” Mr Lucas said.
“Last week we saw the revelation of the unseemly brawl between Mr Foley and Mr Weatherill over public servants cashing out long service leave, and now another public division over shopping hours.
“Sadly the Labor Government seems more intent on their own jobs and futures rather than the jobs and futures of South Australian families.
“The simple reality is that if all shops in the CBD are going to have extended hours this Sunday, why shouldn’t the same opportunity be allowed every Sunday?
“The answer is the Labor Government is powerless to act on further shopping hours without the approval of the dominant Shop Assistants Union – and they won’t support it.”