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‘Pistols at dawn’ over daylight saving

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Mr Goodman said that despite the fact that successive Labor administrations in that state had failed to grasp the nettle, it was time for a change and said it was time to do so.

Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest meanwhile said he advocates measures mooted in the cross-border commissioner’s report, which he released yesterday, calling for a modified version of permanent daylight saving.

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‘We’re trying to generate interest with my colleagues across the border to do it,’ Mr Provest told ABC radio this morning, ‘but it is going to require a large amount of public pressure’.

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  1. Each state has the right to either have/have not daylight saving. If Queensland on the eastern seaboard wishes to go alone, so be it, but to suggest; “Under the proposal, all eastern seaboard states and the ACT would permanently move their clocks forward half an hour.” is ridiculous unless Queensland is committed. Even so, it wouldn’t benefit the southern states like Tasmania, Victoria and southern N.S.W. which would probably fragment the idea proposed.
    Whatever, my electorate that I live in is N.S.W. and I will not be forced into a cross-border time zone with Queensland due to pressure being asserted on by our state member.
    Any New South Welshman that has a problem with our cross border times can either shift their own personal clocks to whatever time zone they would prefer or move locality to a preferred time zone.

  2. My suggestion is that the states that do have daylight saving on the east coast of Australia could turn their clocks forward 1/2 hour and LEAVE IT LIKE THAT FOREVER! The farmer’s cows should still be happy and I’m sure we would all feel much happier without the confusing daylight saving causes twice a year!

    The main problem we have living in Northern NSW is when one needs to fly from or meet someone at The Gold Coast Airport – it is always confusing. Also if one has an appointment in Queensland it causes much angst for many.

  3. We moved to Queensland from NSW and love having no Daylight saving as in Queensland we have plenty of daylight. We are not constantly tired like our NSW relatives, eating evening meals at 8o’clock or later is too late for children. Time to leave Queensland stay on real time.

  4. What about the alternative. Get rid of daylight savings, an unnecessary pain in the ***. Like now, its just gone April, this is the sub tropics and its pitch black at 6.30 am, *** ridiculous. Here’s a clue, instead of demanding an entire population completely reconfigure their routine twice a year to suit those to slack to get out of bed an hour earlier in summer, if you want your extra hour in summer get out of bed an hour earlier. Instead recommending everyone who thinks daylight savings is a waste of time should move to Queensland how about everyone who wants that extra daylight in summer move to southern Tasmania, with daylight savings chucked in its pretty much daylight till, well, tomorrow morning.


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