Opinion: Trading rules archaic

PLANS for the expansion of Rose City Shoppingworld have once again opened up the issue of seven-day trading for the centre.

As things stand, we in Queensland have a bizarre set of laws that govern the hours during which retail commerce can take place.

At this time, the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission has the say, which is an archaic set of powers harking back to the days when trade unions had much more power than they do now.

There should be no restrictions on when shopping centres can open, and their tenants should be free to decide for themselves if they want to open their doors on a Sunday.

All our lives are becoming busier, and Sunday shopping centre trading would be a huge convenience boost to the community.

It would also surely be of benefit to main street traders if they chose to open, with increased shopper traffic in the CBD.



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