The NSW government has just passed laws restricting retail opening hours, preventing trading without an exemption on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
The spin in the CT and SMH is positive, saying it will allow retail staff the opportunity to spend more time with their families. However it also means retail workers miss out on the potential to earn significant loadings on these days, and consumers miss out on the chance to shop if that’s how they like to spend their public holidays. I also wonder about the people who don’t have families to spend these days with, or people who are not of a Christian faith who would rather work on Christian holidays in exchange for other days off.
Good news for the ACT though – look forward to plenty of Queanbeyanites trekking over the border for some Boxing Day specials!