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May 12, 2021

Nats want daylight saving slashed

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The state National Party Conference at Bowral last weekend voted to slash the period of daylight saving time by four months, according to Tweed MP Geoff Provest.

If the move became government policy it would put NSW out of kilter with every other state on the eastern seaboard and effectively reduce daylight saving to the summer school holiday period of December and January.

Mr Provest said the move, which he described as ‘a big, dramatic change’ was driven mostly by communities west of the divide. He told ABC radio this morning that it will form part of a recommendation to the parliamentary party.

Currently daylight saving time starts at the beginning of October and ends in April. While this puts NSW out of line with Queensland, which doesn’t adopt the practice at all, it does keep it in line the border areas of ACT and Victoria.

The cross-border commissioner is also looking at the issue of daylight savings as part of his ambit and will make recommendations to the government, which is set to consider the matter in August.


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  1. My vote would go towards selecting to keep EDST all year round. How crazy (read: English) is it to shorten the evening daylight hours by an hour when they’re already naturally getting shorter anyway? There should be no harm to farmers getting a little extra sleep in the winter mornings anyway…. this living by the clock is just sheer madness anyway. Time to down-scale production methods and trade locally anyway – BOYCOTT BIG BUSINESS!


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