Barr orders review of trading hours

scumdorg 21 January 2008 35

Today’s Canberra Times is reporting that minister for everything Andrew Barr has ordered a review of ACT shopping hours. Apparently Andrew is not impressed with shops opening on Boxing Day and wants to introduce a NSW-style scheme where shops in the city centre open while those in the suburbs remain closed. The future of late night shopping is also on the table.

Trading hours were deregulated in 1997 and shops have tailored their hours to public demand. I like the idea of being able to shop when I want and not have the doors shut in my face at 4PM or 12 noon Saturday as we used to suffer a few years back.

Why has Barr done this? It sounds very much like making work for idle hands during the silly season. The last thing anybody wants is to go back to the bad old days when Joe De Bruyin and the SDA were calling the shots and had governments bowing and scraping at their feet.

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35 Responses to Barr orders review of trading hours
Dante Dante 3:04 pm 21 Jan 08

…and just what has prompted this ‘review’?

Somehow I don’t think that businesses want the hours changed… is there some huge public outcry over trading hours that I haven’t heard about?

And Crikey, the Liquor Board does a good job of mandating unreasonable conditions on nightclubs already, especially when it’s not in their jurisdiction.

If they wanted to modify nightclub trading hours they could.. it hasn’t stopped them in the past.

hingo hingo 2:33 pm 21 Jan 08

What is the significance of the shops being closed dmac? What purpose does it serve? If you haven’t noticed, shops are open every other day for our convenience and I don’t see how a public holiday should be treated any differently.

howdy howdy 2:33 pm 21 Jan 08

I’m able to think AND breathe? Now you tell me…

dmac dmac 2:28 pm 21 Jan 08

pffft, if you can’t survive the shops being closed for two days you probably can’t think and breathe at the same time.

Aurelius Aurelius 2:27 pm 21 Jan 08

Shops should be able to open whenever they want.
Anyone who thinks otherwise should move to Brisbane – where the supermarkets close on 5pm on weekends.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 2:24 pm 21 Jan 08

I think its a shithouse idea.

Having worked Christmas, Boxing Day, NYE and NY for a few years, there’s terrific money in it (both in terms of pay and store cashflow), and the people who actually do go shopping on those days appreciate that someone is there.

hingo hingo 2:18 pm 21 Jan 08

Who cares if the shops are open on public holidays, does it make the holiday any less relevant? On the Melbourne Cup public holiday I went to Magnet Mart and bought pot plants and other gardening supplies. It turned out to be a rather productive day that I would have otherwise probably spent at home drinking beer.

gooterz gooterz 2:14 pm 21 Jan 08

Boxing day is alright if you celebrate christmas.. but how many of the non christmas celebrating ppl are going to want to have 2 days where the shops are closed for a non event.

Also thursday night shopping.. is it fair for the kids to have to work thursday night then have school uni on friday? If ur gonna be at school all day then work all half the night it may as well be friday.

Friday gives people a chance to pay off their bills before spending it all on shopping.

Mælinar Mælinar 2:11 pm 21 Jan 08

Maybe he’s just sick of jokes about barrs.

Thumper Thumper 2:06 pm 21 Jan 08

And the young shop assistants probably don’t have a lot of choice in the matter

Exactly, and same for ANZAC Day.

It’s not hard to plan for one day without shops people.

sepi sepi 2:04 pm 21 Jan 08

I don’t see the need for Shopping on Boxing day.

And the young shop assistants probably don’t have a lot of choice in the matter.

green_frogs_go_pop green_frogs_go_pop 1:56 pm 21 Jan 08

i like the fact that on thursday, if canberran’s wanted late night shopping, we could pop over to qbd. and on friday they could pop over we’d get two late night shopping days =)

and pffft, i personally enjoy working on public holidays. get away from family, and get paid about 30 bucks an hour for it! =D

hingo hingo 1:55 pm 21 Jan 08

Mr Barr obviously doesn’t like doing the groceries after work or on his days off and wants to put a stop to it. What inspires these idiots?

Kramer Kramer 1:43 pm 21 Jan 08

Totally agree Special G! What’s so special about xmas day, boxing day, easter sunday, etc? Sure they are public holidays, but many Australians have no deeply religious connection to these days (except for the start of the boxing day test). So why does the govt feel the need to dictate our lives in this area? If the consumers want it, and the businesses are willing to supply this service then why not??

Special G Special G 1:10 pm 21 Jan 08

Why not work on boxing day or christmas or good friday or any other day for that matter. IT should be up to the shop owner.

Mr Waffle Mr Waffle 1:02 pm 21 Jan 08

The only review I’d like to see is into bank trading hours- last time I checked, Dickson commbank opens 9:30am-4pm (except Fridays when they bless us with a closing time of 5pm)…

I’ve always been a fan of Asian trading hours- open ~10am and close ~8pm. I’d be a lot more inclined to go to the shops if I didn’t have to knock off early on a workday…

Crikey Crikey 12:57 pm 21 Jan 08

I agree that the shops should be closed on Boxing Day and I don’t have a problem with Thursday night shopping in place of Friday night. But if Barr is serious he should be looking at regulating the trading hours of our nightclubs.

NathanaelB NathanaelB 12:45 pm 21 Jan 08

Let shops do what they want – how can shops staying open late or on public holidays be bad for anyone, unless they’re coercing employees to work non-standard hours outside of any contractual agreement? The extra convenience to the public and customers can only be good … and if you don’t need to shop late at night, what’s it to you? Unless you’re losing sleep knowing that somewhere in Canberra a shop is still open …

Mr Evil Mr Evil 12:28 pm 21 Jan 08

Maybe the ACT Govt could just introduce an extra tax on shopkeepers for Boxing Day – after all, they like inventing new taxes.

howdy howdy 12:21 pm 21 Jan 08

Take away from local shops the few days a year that they can make a decent bit of money?

Did someone at his local give him the wrong change or something?

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