Re­tail­ers locked out by trad­ing laws

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SHOP­PERS in Childers could face a four-day lock­out from su­per­mar­kets un­der trad­ing hour leg­is­la­tion be­cause of a quirk in the Christ­mas and Box­ing Day hol­i­day dates this year, the Na­tional Re­tail As­so­ci­a­tion has warned.

Un­der re­gional Queens­land trad­ing hour laws, ma­jor re­tail­ers could be de­nied the abil­ity to trade for four con­sec­u­tive days over the 2015 Christ­mas pe­riod – De­cem­ber 25, 26, 27 and 28.

The sit­u­a­tion has arisen as a re­sult of the gazettal of the ex­tra pub­lic hol­i­day on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 28, when Box­ing Day falls on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 26, cou­pled with pre­vail­ing trad­ing hour ar­range­ments, which pre­vent ma­jor re­tail­ers in re­gional Queens­land from trad­ing on Sun­days and pub­lic hol­i­days.

Na­tional Re­tail As­so­ci­a­tion CEO Trevor Evans said th­ese trad­ing hours had been brought about by a unique set of cir­cum­stances but were an un­fair im­ped­i­ment for con­sumers and re­tail­ers.

“Shop­pers in re­gional Queens­land may have to brave the crush to stock up on gro­ceries or else suf­fer un­rea­son­able hard­ship if ac­cess to food and gro­ceries sup­plied by ma­jor su­per­mar­kets is de­nied for four con­sec­u­tive days,” Mr Evans said.

It will also have sim­i­lar im­pacts for non-food stores and re­gional shop­ping cen­tres. Those hop­ing to pur­chase toys, elec­tron­ics and fash­ion in post-Christ­mas sales, or to ex­change items, will need to wait un­til Tues­day, De­cem­ber 29.

To ease the prob­lem, the NRA has launched a spe­cial bid in the Queens­land In­dus­trial Re­la­tions Com­mis­sion to al­low for one-off Sun­day trad­ing and Mon­day pub­lic hol­i­day trad­ing in 2015 in ar­eas of the state that do not usu­ally al­low it.

“We are hope­ful that this bid will suc­ceed and as­sist in eas­ing tension around what should be a joy­ful and stress-free Christ­mas pe­riod,” Mr Evans said.

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