Member for Adelaide, Rachel Sanderson will present a Bill to amend the Shop Trading Hours Act.
Ms Sanderson said that the adoption of the Bill will bring Rundle Mall and the CBD into the 21st century.
“Allowing Rundle Mall shops to open on non religious public holidays will provide South Australians and visitors the option of shopping and entertainment in the heart of the city during most holiday breaks,” Ms Sanderson said.
“Rundle Mall is already a tourist precinct but so often it is closed at the very time many interstate and international visitors are in Adelaide.
“I have consulted widely, a vibrant and exciting city shopping precinct is what tourists expect, it is what the majority of retailers and the community expect.
“According to an Adelaide City Council commissioned survey in 2007 Rundle Mall is visited by 85 per cent of tourists to Adelaide.
“Yet, on the Adelaide Cup holiday, 8 April 2010 a bus load of international tourists from a cruise ship which had docked at Outer Harbour arrived at Rundle Mall to find all the shop doors closed.
“At present only retailers with under 200sqm of floor space are able to open, the difficulty is that most retailers are not willing to open unless the larger stores can open.
“The Bill contains safeguards to ensure that employees are not forced to work and that shops are not forced to open.
“The heart of the city of Adelaide is Rundle Mall. Retailers of all sizes must be allowed to open their doors to the public during non-religious public holidays, enlivening Adelaide and bringing it into the 21st century.”