Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Referendum...

As an addition to the state election, a referendum is being conducted to get the public to decide on shop trading hours.

Question 1
    Do you believe that the Western Australian community would benefit if trading hours in the Perth Metropolitan Area were extended to allow general retail shops to trade until 9 pm Monday to Friday?
Question 2
    Do you believe that the Western Australian community would benefit if trading hours in the Perth Metropolitan Area were extended to allow general retail shops to trade for 6 hours on Sunday?
I believe the result will be an emphatic 'yes' for both questions.

All we need now is a referendum on daylight savings...

1 comment:

Tom said...

Absolutely YES...

I keep hearing about how the poor local (millionaire franchise owner) businessman will come against hard times. But all these ads are funded by IGA (Independant Grocer's Association).

Well I feel the deepest sympathy for their drug-snorting kids.

As a consumer I'm sick of paying through the nose for convenience. Run out of an easily spoiled commodity that you can't keep in your fridge for a week and you have to pay ridiculous prices at an "independant" shop.

Increasing trading hours will encourage competition and hopefully lower prices at independants.

It will also easy congestions at the shopping centre on Thursday nights and Saturdays.

If you study a smaller economy like that of Townsville in Northern Queensland, you will see that independant shops are doing just fine despite the fact that Coles and Woolworths are open until 9pm every night including Sundays.