Newman stomps on push for trading hour deregulation

TRADING hours in Queensland retail stores will not be changed anytime soon, Premier Campbell Newman says.

It was reported on Monday the United Retail Federation had a change of heart and was leading a push to have trading hours in Queensland deregulated.

Mr Newman ruled out the move but said he was open to talks with the small retailers' organisation.

"I was really surprised to see this change of heart by the United Retail Federation because they have had a very firm position for a very long time," he said.

"We have always been worried for small retailers. We want to protect them from the large companies and the very dominant market power and that continues to be our position.

"But if smaller retailers have changed their minds and they want to come talk to government then we are prepared to listen.

"But at this stage there will be no change."

While various varied trading hour applications are sometimes granted, the minimum allowable trading hours in Queensland are from 8am to 9pm from Monday to Friday and 8am to 5pm on Saturday.

On Sundays and public holidays, trading hours are generally 9am to 6pm, according to the Queensland Industrial Relations website.

In regional areas the time frames are marginally shorter.Some independent or small retailers have unlimited trading hours.



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