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 retail trading hours at the same time as the next State poll, in February. It is likely that West Australians going to the State election will face a very heavy advertising campaign from both sides of the retail trading hour’s debate. There is concern that the election result will be overshadowed by the referendum.

The Retail Trading Hours Amendment (Referendums) Bill 2004 came in to operation on December 8th. Under this legislation voters will be asked to tick a yes or no response to two questions in the referendum regarding extending trading hours in Perth.

Question 1: Extended week night shopping

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 9pm Monday to Friday?

Question 2: Extended Sunday shopping

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?

More Information

The Review of Retail Trading Hours — Public Consultation Paper (235kb PDF) found on the DOCEP web site contains a more detailed discussion of the issues for and against changes to the Retail Trading Hours.

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