Barnett’s promised longer Sunday trade good, says chamber body

EXTENDED trading hours, promised by Premier Colin Barnett if his government is re-elected in 2017, is a commonsense commitment, according to WA’s Chamber of Commerce (CCI).

Under changes flagged by Mr Barnett, shops would be free to open at 9am on Sundays, while considerations are being made to cut weekend penalty rates.

The Government currently allows Sunday trading from 11am.

“There’s no doubt people like weekend shopping and Sunday has become probably the third most important shopping day in terms of revenue,” Mr Barnett said.

CCI chief executive Deidre Willmott said the commitment would make WA more liveable and people friendly.

“CCI has long campaigned for the deregulation of retail trading hours on the grounds that business owners should decide when their business should open, not governments,” she said.

“The reforms would improve convenience.”