3News 06 Apr 2010
Prime Minister John Key wants changes to the Easter trading laws after 38 businesses were prosecuted for opening over the weekend. It is, however, far from clear that Parliament will agree with Mr Key.
…A total of 38 businesses broke the law this Easter weekend, up slightly from the 32 last year. But now the repeat offenders have received support from the top – Mr Key agrees the Easter trading laws are a “dog’s breakfast” and must be changed. “I’ve always voted for liberalisation of trading laws. My view is we should be able to liberalise those,” he says. Mr Key’s sentiment may make sense but it’s not that easy, as the Easter trading laws are left to a “conscience” vote to individual MPs. He says it’s time that changed and the Government took a proper look.