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Western Australia Minister for Commerce Bill Marmion

Sunday Trading ‘Durable Goods’ Discussion Paper Released For Comment

Victor P Taffa

Commerce Minister Bill Marmion today released the ‘Whitegoods and Other Consumer Durables’ Discussion Paper.

The document sets out some options to change the Retail Trading Hours Act to allow for possible Sunday sales of consumer durables such as whitegoods and household furnishings.

Mr. Marmion said Consumers, Retailers, Local Government Bodies, Universities or other interested parties were invited to take part in a Public Consultation.

“The discussion paper on Sunday trading in certain goods does not propose that all shops be able to open on Sundays.” the Minister said.

“Instead this discussion paper gives options as to whether more goods could be bought and sold on Sundays.”

“It continues the State Government’s steady reform of retail trading hours to provide greater choice and flexibility for consumers.” Mr. Marmion said.

Today’s release of the discussion paper follows this week’s announcement on Weeknight Trading.

From November 1, General Retail Stores in the Greater Perth Metropolitan Region will be able to open until 9 pm on Weeknights.

“This Government understands the busy lifestyles of West Australians. These changes to trading hours will give families greater flexibility and choice about when and where they do their shopping.” the Minister said.

“In this discussion paper, the needs of consumers are being carefully considered what products should they be able to buy on Sundays?” Mr. Marmion said.

“I look forward to hearing people’s views and encourage feedback.” Mr. Marmion said.

The deadline for responses is November 1, 2010.

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