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Why can IKEA sell linen/quilts today but Bed Bath N’ Table can’t?

Apr 17, 2017

Hon Rob Lucas MLC
Shadow Treasurer
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Why can IKEA sell linen/quilts today but Bed Bath N’ Table can’t?


The State Liberals said today that the Weatherill Government’s crazy shop trading laws were making us a ‘laughing stock’ around the nation.

“The Weatherill Government’s crazy laws ban specialist stores like Bed, Bath N’ Table from selling linen, quilts, pillows and towels today and other public holidays,” said Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas.

“However, Mr Weatherill allows big stores like IKEA, Snooze and Forty Winks to trade today and sell linen, quilts and pillows!

“Retailers like Bed Bath N’ Table and Sheridan have advised the Liberal Party that they oppose these laws and they would like to be able to trade today and some other public holidays.

“Clearly these laws are unfair and uncompetitive and Mr Weatherill must explain why he thinks stores like IKEA should be able to sell these goods but Bed Bath N’ Table are banned from competing.

“We have already seen Mr Weatherill’s crazy shop trading hours requiring Harvey Norman to install roller doors inside their South Australian stores because they are banned from selling some of their goods on public holidays.

“A Marshall Liberal Government if elected next year will introduce changes to these crazy Labor laws to allow stores such as Bed Bath N’ Table to trade on Easter Mondays.

“These new laws, with a few exceptions, will be based on the general principle that if traders want to trade, shoppers want to shop and workers are prepared to work then the shop trading laws should allow trading.”

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