Little cheer extended to working retail staff
ONE has to wonder if the State Government gave any consideration to the hours worked by retailers' staff when it extended shopping hours.
While Premier Colin Barnett and his Cabinet colleagues may well be enjoying festive fare around 9pm on Christmas Eve, thousands of staff in Perth shops will still be at work.
How unfair that young parents who work in our stores won't be able to tuck their excited children into bed before Santa arrives.
For those retail staff with strong European traditions, where Christmas dinner and the opening of presents traditionally occurs on the night of December 24, there won't be much festive cheer if they get home from work around 10pm.
The same will occur on New Year's Eve when, no doubt, our esteemed Emperor and his Cabinet cohorts will enjoy the year’s last few hours in the countdown to January 1.
We have heard Mr Barnett refer to Christmas and New Year as a special time for families. How disappointing the Government did not provide a rare display of common sense by stipulating that retail outlets, other than in the hospitality industry, had to close by 6pm on Christmas Eve and December 31.