Review of Queensland’s Retail Leasing Legislation

Review of Queensland’s Retail Leasing Legislation

The Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General has released a Discussion Paper, designed to “form the basis of the consultation process for the review” of the Retail Shop Leases Act 1994. The need for the review stems from section 122 of the Act which provides that every seven years: “The Minister must carry out reviews of the operation of this Act to decide whether its provisions remain appropriate” Like so much of the retail leasing legislation in Australia, this enactment is ambiguous. On one view, the section calls for a line by line…Read more
Core trading hours  Making productivity harder

Core trading hours
Making productivity harder

It is hard these days to go past a politician or economist who is not flogging the productivity horse. Businesses are exhorted at every turn to implement micro reforms with the goal of improving their productivity. Try implementing micro reform in the management of shopping centres with the dead weight of the retail legislation hanging around your neck. The regulation of core trading hours is a good example of the way in which the retail legislation tangles up the path to productivity. In New South Wales, the core trading hours of a shopping…Read more