IF QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman is fair dinkum about cutting red tape in his Government, then there is no better place to start than slashing the bureaucratic bulldust which prevents Port Douglas retailers from trading on Good Friday.
Everyone knows the Douglas region is a haven for holidaymakers over the Easter long weekend and for retailers it is the first significant trading period for several months.
But here we are in 2013 and our local retailers are being essentially religiously persecuted financially because of bans on Good Friday trading.
In these competitive economic times, our local tourism economy needs to put its best foot forward at every opportunity.
And that means, when the tourists are here in significant numbers, we need to be able to service them.
The thousands of tourists who are arriving in town for the Easter break do not care for a rule that was introduced in another era when virtually everyone belonged to a Christian religion.
They are here to enjoy the small window of opportunity they have in our region, which includes being able to walk down Macrossan St and wander into a shop if it takes their fancy.
Retailers face significant fines of more than $20,000 if they ignore the threats from the Department of Fair Trade cronies and open their doors.
While it would be nice to be held warmly in the bosom of a cushy government job and work nine to five with all the perks of bureaucracy, the reality is for many of us Good Friday is just another day. And when that day is going to cost you thousands of dollars in lost trade, it certainly puts a dampener on the Easter celebrations.
Greg McLean Managing editor