The NSW government is considering changing the law governing shop trading hours to allow retail outlets to open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Anzac Day, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.
With Anzac Day trading currently allowed from 1pm, there are just four-and-a-half days a year with restricted trading provisions – and a change in the law would have profound implications for our community.
Christmas and Easter would be treated just like any other day. Many retail employees, small businesses and other sections of the NSW workforce would lose access to a collective shut down period, meaning they will not be able to spend quality time with their families. And it will make life difficult for many Christians who attend special church services on Christmas Day and Easter Sunday.
While some may welcome the chance to shop and spend more, we really don’t need this. Special public holidays should be for family, not for profit.
Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 13 November 2011.
Theologian, researcher, teacher, writer, foodie, husband, dad. Works at Moore Theological College.