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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Govt working on trading hour reform to boost jobs, end consumer confusion

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Sunday, February 12, 2017

    Govt working on trading hour reform to boost jobs, end consumer confusion

    Extending trading hours for hardware stores and all butcher shops head a raft of changes to be considered by the Palaszczuk Government as part of wide-ranging recommendations from an independent inquiry into trading hours.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the independent review into Queensland’s retail trading hours recommends they be simplified and made more customer friendly to boost jobs and end consumer confusion.

    The Government is currently considering the recommendations of the review.

    In 2013, the Queensland Competition Authority estimated retail trading hour reforms would provide a net economic benefit of $200 million per annum.

    The Premier said the current arrangements where some butchers cannot open on Sunday, when a lot of people enjoy a BBQ, did not pass the common sense test.

    “All butcher shops and bulk meat retailers should have their trading arrangements aligned with shops selling fish, fruit and vegetables and takeaway food,” she said.

    “The review’s findings made it very clear that the patch-work of over regulation of trading hours no longer suits our modern lifestyles.

    “Many customers buying from hardware and building material suppliers want them to open much earlier particularly on weekends.

    “It makes sense to get in early and buy your timber and paint supplies especially during our hot summers.”

    The proposal is for these stores to be able to open at 6am across south east Queensland on Sunday.

    “We must cut needless red-tape and ease the regulatory burden for retailers. Our approach to the review recommendations is to not to force businesses to open longer, but give them the choice to do so,” the Premier said.

    Other issues identified by the review included the anomaly that Queenslanders could buy a boat on Sunday, but not a car or a caravan.

    The trading hour review, chaired by former Queensland Parliament Speaker John Mickel has recommended broad changes.

    Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said the Review found our existing retail trading hours are complex and costly, and they are holding back job opportunities and our economy.

    The retail trade sector is the state’s second largest employer with a 255,000 workforce and a $9.9 billion payroll.

    “The Review – the first major study of shop trading hours in 20 years – had considered a wide range of submissions from consumers, workers and business owners,” the Minister said.

    “No workers will be made to work any additional hours which could result from increased trading hours unless they have voluntarily agreed to do so.” 

    Link to trading hours review discussion paper released last year with the list of trading hours https://www.treasury.qld.gov.au/fair-safe-work/industrial-relations-policy-regulation/trading-hours-review/documents/th-review-issues-paper.pdf

     

    Media contact:

    Kirby Anderson (Premier’s office) 0417 263 791

    Martin Philip (Minister Grace’s office) 0427 919 548