2005 Western Australian retail trading hours referendum

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The 2005 Western Australian retail trading hours referendum was held in Western Australia on 20 February 2005. The referendum failed, with a majority voting against both extended weeknight retail trading and Sunday retail trading.



Question 1Do you believe that the Western Australian community would benefit if trading hours in the Perth Metropolitan Area were extended to allow general retail shops to trade until 9 pm Monday to Friday?

Question 2Do you believe that the Western Australian community would benefit if trading hours in the Perth Metropolitan Area were extended to allow general retail shops to trade for 6 hours on Sunday?


Weeknight trading

RegionOn rollsBallots issuedYes Green check.svg%No Red x.svg%Informal
North Metropolitan 388,999351,520150,38643.55%194,95056.45%6,184
South Metropolitan 271,044243,937104,32840.69%134,67359.31%4,936
East Metropolitan 273,378249,15899,57744.81%145,12055.19%4,461
Agricultural 95,04185,59224,80929.62%58,95070.38%1,833
South West 162,560147,66753,37237.06%90,63562.94%3,660
Mining and Pastoral 68,24051,23724,71150.18%24,53249.82%1,994
Total for State1,259,2621,129,111457,18341.34%648,86058.66%23,068

Sunday trading

RegionOn rollsBallots issuedYes Green check.svg%No Red x.svg%Informal
North Metropolitan 388,999351,548135,59439.62%206,61360.38%9,341
South Metropolitan 271,044243,93896,83140.92%139,79259.08%7,315
East Metropolitan 273,378249,15289,40336.85%153,17863.15%6,571
Agricultural 95,04185,59623,27028.05%59,68771.95%2,639
South West 162,560147,59353,15337.34%89,21262.66%5,228
Mining and Pastoral 68,24051,23724,69150.71%23,99649.29%2,550
Total for State1,259,2621,129,064422,94238.61%672,47861.39%33,644

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