By Andy Young
The Western Australian government has introduced legislation that will allow pubs, taverns and small bars to automatically trade until 12 midnight on a Sunday.
The Australian Hotels Association for Western Australia labelled the move a "major step forward" and something that consumers and businesses should applaud.
AHA(WA) CEO Bradley Woods said: “The Barnett Government is to be commended for listening to the electorate and delivering on this important area of policy.
“For Perth and Western Australia to be considered an international hospitality destination of choice, this type of reform had to occur. Tourism and hospitality as an industry will deliver the most to Western Australia in the future, but only when government finds the courage to act.
“Given the current record levels of investment in WA tourism and hospitality, it makes sense for government to recognise that investment and embrace what can be provided financially for Western Australia.
“As well as Sunday trading, the Bill removes significant layers of red tape from the industry which will in turn reduce administrative and operational costs for business. This is long overdue but welcomed reform.
“Today’s Bill also addresses common sense issues like allowing consumers to traverse unlicensed areas when moving between two licensed areas (for example over a footpath from the bar to an outside alfresco area).
“Overall this is a great first step and one that consumers and business should applaud. The AHA looks forward to a clear timeline on the delivery of the second stage of liquor licensing reforms”, Mr Woods concluded.