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SA Libs vow longer shop trading hours

AAP logoAAP 24/09/2016

The South Australian opposition has proposed a major deregulation of shop trading hours if the party wins the 2018 state election.

At the SA Liberal Party's annual meeting on Saturday Opposition Leader Steven Marshall outlined the plan that would allow stores to trade for longer and allow suburban shops to open on public holidays.

He said the changes would modernise the South Australian economy and create jobs.

"This is undeniably good for South Australia. For too long this overregulation has held back our state," he said.

"We want to unshackle our economy. We want to give consumers choice. We want to give businesses choice."

Under current laws only stores in downtown Adelaide can open on public holidays while restrictions also apply on the number of hours shops can trade on other days.

The Liberals propose to do away with most of those restrictions allowing all shops to trade from midnight until 9pm, seven days a week.

The party would also remove the current ban on the sale of cars and boats on Sundays and public holidays.

Mr Marshall said he understood both Labor and the union movement would oppose the changes but was confident the parliament would pass the measures if the Liberals were successful at the next election.

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