From ancient times the Sabbath has been regarded as a sacred day of rest, contemplation and renewal. “So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all his works which he had done in creation”, Genesis 2:3. Certainly throughout the Christian history of the English-speaking people and Europeans, Sunday has been regarded as a day to rest and attend to religious duties. It is true and perhaps sadly true, that this long Sunday tradition has been degraded in recent decades by the growth of secular materialism and an endlessly rising tide of commercial pressure.
My two cents
I am pleasantly surprised that a state government report would admit to this. Once you get rid of the Sabbath, then why shouldn’t an employer compel people to work seven days a week? I understood that some cultures (with no history of the Sabbath) did exactly that.
Moss, B. (2007). REPORT OF THE 2006/07 REVIEW OF THE SHOP TRADING HOURS ACT 1977. Available: http://www.safework.sa.gov.au/uploaded_files/shop_trading_report.pdf. Last accessed 8th May 2011.