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Old 02-19-2005, 02:03 AM   #1
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Western Australian Referendum and Election 26th Feb 2005

What are the pros and cons of the extended shopping hours referendum question? (I'm most likely to vote in favour of the extended hours)

Question 1

Do you believe that the Western Australian community would benefit if trading hours in the Perth Metropolitan Area were extended to allow general retail shops to trade until 9 pm Monday to Friday?

Question 2

Do you believe that the Western Australian community would benefit if trading hours in the Perth Metropolitan Area were extended to allow general retail shops to trade for 6 hours on Sunday?


Currently the shops are open (in non tourist areas.)
9am to 5:30pm Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri.
9am to 9pm Thurs
9:00am to 5:00pm Sat



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So the electoral boundaries have moved again and now I'm in yet another electorate. I prefer to vote Democrat but my selection is:

Michael Clancy (Independent)
Fred Hay (Family First)
Leon van der Linde (Greens)
Dean Solly (Liberal)
Helen Sawyer (Christian Democratic Party ie Fred Niles party)
Tony O'Gorman (Labor or Independent ex Labor, conflicting information)

I'm bored. Please tell me why I should vote for your preferred party.



Anyone, anyone? You don't need to be Australian to answer this, especially the Sunday trading issue.
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Go sunday trading! May the wheels of capitalism remain greased with cheap labour and rolling all the time
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Is that what happened in Victoria?

I quite fancy the idea of extended trading. I was thinking it would make it easier if one parent worked during the week and the other one worked evenings and weekends. That way one parent could be with the children most of the time rather than the current situation where in many families both parents work Monday to Friday, and the children are at daycare at the cost of $200+ per child.

If some office workers had the option to switch to retail (skills permitting) then the reduction in wages may be offset by the reduction in childcare costs and a reduction in household stress.

Thats my current thoughts anyway.
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Wow, they don't have Sunday trading over there in WA?

I've no problem with shops determining their own hours.
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We have Sunday trading in the tourist spots ie
Perth - the (dead) heart of
Fremantle
Mandurah
Broome

but not in the suburbs, or towns. We also don't have many delis as the large shopping centres have killed them.

To obtain a loaf of bread on a Sunday the only option is to travel to one of those Petrol Station thingies that has a shop attached. Video stores often sell milk as well, but not bread or newspapers, nappies, dummies, etc.
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We have sunday trading, it is really quite great to be able to have that day on the weekend to go out and get stuff.
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We have 24 hour Coles here. Which is handy when you want to do your shopping at 3am on a Tuesday morning.


Fucking Sydney is a shithole though. No one outside this grimey slimey city is allowed to agree with this though. Bow to Sydney's superiority. Or something. My point is though, you dont want to become like this. There is much to be said for sticking to the old ways. I hate how fast everything has to be. How 24 hours and neon, society has been pushed into.

PS Family First Party? Are you joking?
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Family First and Niles party ~ what kind of kooky electorate is this, one good thing about Melbourne is that we keep our religious nuts down and if they get too loud we fob them off ~ e.g. George Pell.
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Family First and Niles party ~ what kind of kooky electorate is this,
I don't know. My house has been moved into a different electorate

I really don't know why we have both Family First and Niles party. Hopefully it will divide the religious nutjobs votes.

I think I'm in a Liberal electorate now. I really wish there was a Democrat to vote for, even if the Liberals still win, I would like to actually vote for the party I prefer.
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Fucking Sydney is a shithole though. No one outside this grimey slimey city is allowed to agree with this though.
I will.

If I ever move East I will move to Melbourne. I love the restaurants and the ethnic thingies
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It is a much better city.
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Melbourne's the nicest Australian city I've been to. I hate it here on the Gold Coast ... I'm hoping Brisbane's an improvement next year.
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I will.

If I ever move East I will move to Melbourne. I love the restaurants and the ethnic thingies
We have ethnics too!!

Melbourne is too cold. Even ducks hate it.
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We have ethnics too!!

Melbourne is too cold. Even ducks hate it.
There's no such thing as 'too cold', only too warm ... like the Gold Coast in summer.
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There's no such thing as 'too cold', only too warm ... like the Gold Coast in summer.
And Western Australia. I always sleep so soundly in Melbourne. Snuggled up under the covers.

Here I toss and turn its so hot. I'm exhausted in the morning before I've even done anything.

Another reason for Sunday trading. I was just at the bouncy castle place. My child had an accident (the water was turned off in the building, long story) and I had to return home for some clean clothes. The bouncy castle place is right near a major shopping centre and I could have ducked in and bought something for her to wear.
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