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Retailers urge NSW Government to do more


At the Jobs Summit in Sydney yesterday, retailers called on the NSW Government to do more to support jobs during the economic downturn and reduce business costs.

They prepared a ‘wish list’ which included full deregulation of trading hours, reducing red tape and dedicating 15 percent of the recently announced 175,000 traineeship places for the retail sector.

According to CEO of the Australian National Retailers Association (ANRA) Margy Osmond, more needs to be done by the government to kick start job recovery In NSW.

“While we appreciate that the government has made inroads in the planning, trading hours and business tax areas, there is more to be done to kick start a NSW recovery.”

Other items on the wish list included: Creating a single ‘can do’ contact point in the Premier’s office to facilitate retail investment in NSW, creating an external committee to tackle government taxes, including payroll tax and getting NSW government advocacy at the next COAG meeting on the negative impact of the recent retail award modernisation decision.

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