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Christmas Day Shopping Could Soon Be Reality

If you reckon it's bonkers to be able to get Christmas stuff in August, we hazard a guess you're not going to be down with this.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA wants businesses to have the option to open from 8am to 9pm on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and 6am on New Year’s Day.

In a letter to the Commerce Department in May, CCI chief executive Deidre Willmott wrote that such a move would allow business owners to open their doors during “peak business trading periods”, The West Australian reported.

The retail union has called the move "ludicrous".

“They also want to go 6am to 9pm on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. This is known as the Christmas trading period and there are extensions granted so people can do their Christmas shopping,” Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association WA boss Peter O’Keeffe told The West.

“How many people are doing Christmas shopping at Kmart at 6am on New Year’s Day? I’d suggest not many.”

Without addressing Christmas Day specifically, Ms Willmott told The West that if the move was successful, that shops will not be required to open, but instead have greater flexibility to open.

“It is more important than ever for the WA economy and for retailers, customers, employees and visitors that our Christmas and post-Christmas sales are our best ever,” she said.

An announcement is expected mid-November after consultations with stakeholders.

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