Saturday, August 20, 2005

WA Said No! - What Bollocks!

If you have been watching any commercial free-to-air television of late, there is a good chance that you have seen the 'WA Said No!' advertisements.

At face value the ads seem to make a good point that in the state referendum last year WA voted against Sunday trading and now a parliamentary committee is recommending that liquor stores be allowed to open 12 hours on Sundays.

But at the end of end it shows the ads were authorised by the Australian Hotels Association (AHA). Now it all becomes clear. Under current WA Liquor Laws, liquor stores aren't allowed to open on Sundays unless they are connected to a pub or tavern. So instead of the ads being a push to make the government accountable for their actions, they are a piece of propaganda to protect AHA members. Industry protectionism at the very best.

If the AHA truly did care about the referendum result, they would voluntarily shut the drive thru bottle shops connected to pubs on a Sunday. But I reckon the chances of that happening are somewhat limited...

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