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President’s Chat: Feb-Mar 2011

Welcome to the first issue of Consumer Comment for 2011. Since the last edition, CAWA’s been busy with submissions to the Minister for Agriculture, Terry Redman on Genetically Modified Crops in WA and to the Minister for Commerce, Simon O’Brien … Continue reading

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CAWA secretary, Verity Cripps wins Consumer Protection Award

CAWA would like to congratulate Verity Cripps on her 30 years of voluntary service to consumers in WA. She richly deserves the Rona Okely Consumer Protection Award for 2006. The article and photograph that follows, appeared immediately after the Awards … Continue reading

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Relevant facts on trading hours

Current trading hours: Monday – 8am to 6pm (8am – 7pm TP) Tuesday – 8am to 6pm (8am – 7pm TP) Wednesday – 8am to 6pm (8am – 7pm TP) Thursday – 8am to 9pm (8am – 7pm PTP) Friday … Continue reading

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Political parties’ views on extended shopping hours

The Labor Government is keen for a ‘yes – yes’ response because it is under pressure from the NCC to deregulate shopping hours. In 2004 WA missed out on $7.5 million in national competition payments after Government plans for extending retail trading … Continue reading

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The argument for extended shopping hours

JOHN LANGOULANT, Chief Executive, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA believes the case for modernising hours is compelling. He has stated: Reduced regulation is good for consumers. Surveys consistently show that most West Australians want more choice of shopping … Continue reading

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The argument against extended shopping hours

Countering this argument JOHN CUMMINGS from WA Independent Grocers Association (Inc.) has said: The fact that the Premier has cleverly flick-passed responsibility for a decision on retail trading hours to an obligation-free referendum is now pretty much a matter of … Continue reading

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The role of the Retail Shops Advisory Committee

The Retail Shops Advisory Committee was established as part of the Retail Trading Hours Act 1987 to monitor retail trends and to advise Government on policy and related retail trading hours’ issues. The Act allows for four categories of shops: … Continue reading

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Retail Trading Hours Referendum

Your views CAWA is interested finding out your views regarding extended shopping hours. Please contact CAWA by email Overview Premier Geoff Gallop, in what is seen by many as a clever election strategy, has announced plans to hold a referendum on … Continue reading

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Contacting SAT

The Government anticipates that the new Tribunal will provide access to a single, one-stop tribunal system with a focus on informality and mediation. The web site www.sat.justice.wa.gov.au will be the key to the smooth functioning of the Tribunal. It provides assistance, and … Continue reading

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Background information about SAT

The two Bills – the State Administrative Tribunal Bill 2003 and the State Administrative Tribunal (Conferrral of Jurisdiction) Amendment and Repeal Bill 2003 were originally introduced into the Legislative Assembly in June 2003. As the single largest Bill ever tabled … Continue reading

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