Perth MP Wilson Tucker has fired a fresh shot in the fight for retail deregulation after describing the Perth CBD as boring.
The Daylight Saving Party politician said on Saturday he would introduce a Bill to the Upper House in a fortnight aimed at extending Perth’s shopping hours as part of a bid to create “a modern and cosmopolitan city”.
WA-born Wilson Tucker, who up until this year lived in the US, said Perth’s shopping hours were out of date – making the much-maligned CBD boring.
“The Premier is trying to attract tourists and visitors back to Perth, and one way of doing this and giving shoppers more choices is updating these archaic trading hours,” Mr Tucker said.
“And really, what I am trying to do is inject more life into the CBD.
“Coming back from Seattle, I was reminded of how quiet and boring the CBD can be.
“In Seattle, you can finish work, you can go shopping, you can get something to eat and hang out with your friends.
“In Perth after 5pm it’s a ghost town.”
Shops in the CBD are allowed on weekdays to open at 8am and close at 9pm.
They shut at 5pm on Saturdays.“Other States scrapped their shopping restrictions 20 years ago.”
On Sundays, Perth shops don’t open until 11am and shut at 5pm.
Mr Tucker’s Retail Trading Hours Amendment Bill 2021 proposes 8am-9pm shopping hours on Saturdays and 8am-5pm on Sundays.
“I recognise that private members’ Bills are an uphill battle in WA,” Mr Tucker said.
“But this isn’t about scoring political points.
“It’s about creating a modern and cosmopolitan city when our State inevitably opens back up to the world.”
WA Premier Mark McGowan and the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association do not support any additional shopping hours for Perth.
But Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia are calling for longer trading hours for the WA capital.
The chamber says the fact that WA is about to reopen its borders to NSW and Victoria — as well as overseas tourists — means Perth needs to be a more modern city.
“Other States scrapped their shopping restrictions 20 years ago,” chamber chief economist Aaron Morey said.