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Deputy Brisbane Mayor Adrian Schrinner is advocating for the move, saying it would boost the economy, pointing to an online poll he conducted showing 88 per cent support from the public.

But Mr Byrne said the Palaszczuk government’s position hasn’t changed, and they won’t be considering a change to daylight saving in Queensland during this term of government.

He said in addition to the political stance, he personally dislikes daylight saving as well.

“Having lived in a daylight saving state in the past, I remember with children under 5, where the sun doesn’t go down until 9 o’clock at night it’s a very difficult set of circumstances,” Mr Byrne told reporters on Tuesday.

The issue of daylight saving has been a yearly debate in Queensland since 1992, when a referendum saw the measure narrowly defeated.

The state stands with only Western Australia and the Northern Territory in not putting the clocks forward during spring and summer.


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1 COMMENT

  1. Common sense could prevail for ‘all’ Queensland to approve for a enclave commencing at the N.S.W./QLD border from the ocean and to the north as far as north too and across to Gympie, westward Kingaroy, Dalby, Toowoomba, Warwick and to include Stanthorpe using the highway to the border of N.S.W and back to the ocean?
    Economically this would be great for tourism and to be in step with the major key player states of Victoria & New South Wales who’s economy is driving the country at present.
    It would be so smart of QLD given that; “an online poll conducted showing 88 per cent support daylight saving from the public.”
    One needs to know where the geography of the poll was conducted and what sampling of numbers and community people are either wealthy or not so or an equal proportion was established?
    As far of the sun setting which is identified as for young children not going to sleep is slightly fabricated as a parental issue as many parts of our globe has non-stop sunlight for a small portion of the year as some during winter with no light whatsoever… it comes with the territory, but I can say that no other nation in the world has a latitudinal daylight saving as we in Oz… it’s all based on the timezone being longitudinal, as it should be.

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