Strong support for change to shop trading hours

The State Liberals’ policy to deregulate shop trading hours has earned strong support in the community, with Business SA revealing a UniSA-based institute survey showing 75 per cent of South Australian consumers surveyed support changes to SA’s archaic shop trading hours.

“What we need in South Australia is more jobs, and our policy to deregulate shop trading hours is unashamedly about jobs,” said Shadow Minister for Employment Corey Wingard.

“More jobs and greater opportunities in the retail sector of the South Australian economy will flow from allowing businesses to remain open when they want.

“Bricks and mortar shops in South Australia want to be able to compete with online retailers, and they want shop trading laws which remove restrictions on when they can trade, and what type of goods they can sell on Sundays and public holidays.

“A Marshall Liberal Government will provide greater choice for consumers, and it’s pleasing to see the overwhelming majority of people surveyed by the UniSA-based Institute for Choice are supportive of changes to the current shop trading hours in South Australia.

“Encouragingly, 30 per cent of people said they would apply for a job in retail if changes to trading hours were made.

“Clearly, people who are currently unemployed or underemployed want the jobs that would flow out of a Marshall Liberal Government’s policy to deregulate shop trading hours.

“Our policy is a strong point of difference at this election, with SA-BEST lining up with the SDA and the Labor Party in saying no to traders, consumers and workers who want change.

“Only the Liberal Party has a Strong Plan for Real Change to deliver more jobs, and that’s exactly what deregulating shop trading hours in South Australia will do.”

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