Retailers support NSW Government’s move to deal with ridiculous Boxing Day trading laws

BY Australian Retailers Association
02 March 2015

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) Executive Director Russell Zimmerman today welcomed the NSW Government’s commitment to sort out the ridiculous trading laws in NSW.

ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman said that NSW retailers have been suffering for too long and gives full support to the government to take action.

“NSW has been a laughing stock within the retail sector for too long now due to the unreasonable trading laws that restrain small businesses to open outside a few areas on Boxing Day.

“I have heard retailers right across NSW expressing their concerns on how they miss out on one of the busiest trading days of the year because of these antiquated laws,”

ARA members have said that there is no sense in opening their store as a small retailer because shopping centres remain closed as a result of larger retailers not trading. The ARA has seen an overwhelming number of both small and large retail businesses who are affected by the ban.

“Both Mr Constance and Mr Baird should be commended for this move to deal with the ridiculous trading laws and we look forward to the upper house’s support in making these changes following the election,” Mr Zimmerman said.

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