Boxing Day trading for the Hunter passes parliament

GOING CHEAP: People lining up for the Boxing Day sales at Westfield Kotara. Picture: Simone De Peak
GOING CHEAP: People lining up for the Boxing Day sales at Westfield Kotara. Picture: Simone De Peak

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed legislation passed by the NSW Parliament last week to permanently give retailers, employees and consumers the freedom to trade, work and shop on Boxing Day.

The legislation follows a two-year trial and a comprehensive review, conducted by Professor Percy Allan AM.

The process found “clear support” for unrestricted Boxing Day trade among consumers, retailers and employees.

Mr MacDonald said this was an important win for the Central Coast and the Hunter and placed both regions on equal footing with the rest of NSW.

“I have had strong positive feedback for boxing day trading in those LGAs that were previously restricted,” Mr MacDonald said. 

The legislation also provides strict safeguards to protect workers, with retailers who force staff to work on December 26 facing fines of up to $11,000 per employee.

The Government has also agreed to conduct an inquiry which will commence in October 2019, to further assess the impact of the reforms passed by the Parliament.