The mining industry has welcomed new bi-partisan political support for Sunday trading in Western Australia, and says the move will make it easier to attract workers.
Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA chief executive Reg Howard-Smith said yesterday the move would make WA a more attractive place to live and work.
“The ability to shop on a Sunday isn’t going to turn that around overnight but anything that adds to the vibrancy of the state adds to our ability to attract and retain workers,” he said.
According to WA Business News Howard-Smith said initiatives like Sunday trading were important if WA wanted to remain the “powerhouse of the nation”.
Most workers entering WA come from overseas, and according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics the eastern states account for just 11 per cent of WA population growth.
Net overseas migration meanwhile accounts for 55 per cent of growth, with natural increase accounting for another 33 per cent.
New WA Labor leader Mark McGowan announced the Sunday trading policy shift this week after taking power from former leader Eric Ripper.
McGowan also announced a softening of Labor’s anti-uranium policy, which was also welcomed by the CME.