Drop retail trading hours restrictions, competition inquiry recommends

 In Australia, NewZealand
Bans on retail trading hours should be scrapped, according to the federal government’s wide ranging competition inquiry.
The review’s chairman Professor Ian Harper said trading restrictions should be "strictly limited" to Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day morning.
"Full deregulation of retail trading hours in overdue and the remaining restrictions should be removed as soon as possible," Professor Harper said in the review’s draft report.
He said rapid growth in online shopping was "undermining the original intent of the restrictions" and "disadvantaging ‘bricks and mortar’ retailers".
Professor Harper said while most states had scrapped trading bans, Western Australia, South Australian and Queensland still had restrictions.  Sydney Morning Herald – Read more…

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