There is a clear need to extend shop trading hours in Adelaide City, particularly to cater for tourism. I am not sure this concept is so easily translated to the rest of South Australia. And, at present, we don’t have a whole lot of facts, just lots of speculation on both sides of the argument.
There are two actions that I see that will provide a way forward:
Undertake a review of the existing Shop Trading Hours Act (1977) to remove out-dated definitions and odd exemptions.
Conduct a 1 year trial of extended shopping hours in an Adelaide metro location. The trial would require large retailers pay a levy, that is passed on to local small businesses to assist with improving their business and better enabling them to compete with the large retailers.
At the conclusion of the trial, a factual analysis can be completed to determine the opportunities and challenges associated with extending hours and whether or not it is the best interest of the community.