Daylight Saving Redux

I wrote a piece here nearly ten years ago about how I personally wasn’t a big fan of daylight saving – mainly because I’m a bit more of a night owl than most people.  But it’s an issue that repeatedly raises it’s head in Queensland, and I’ve certainly had countless people mention to me that bringing Queensland into line with the rest of the eastern states would be beneficial for many businesses; not least the tourism industry, even – as this example shows – in areas in the far north like Port Douglas where it is assumed that everyone is opposed to daylight saving.   Having said that, there is little doubt that support for daylight saving in Queensland is strongest in the Gold Coast region, and gradually declines as you get further north – particularly into the Tropics.

But after more than twenty years where Queensland has tried going without daylight saving, the Greens have released an election policy proposing that we have a couple of years trialing the other approach and see what it is like.  During that time, we can gather all the evidence about whether it does boost tourism, improve recreation, lessen energy consumption (and/or increase solar energy generated) and the many other positives which daylight saving advocates have suggested.

Seeing it’s more than twenty years since Queensland last tried it, it seems fair enough to give people a chance to experience it – many for the first time – and then given them a say on whether they’d like to keep it or not.

Of course, as some journos have noted, opposing another shot at daylight saving seems like one of the few issues on which the LNP and ALP agree, so it’s not likely to happen straight away. But if lots of people decide to use this issue to send a message by voting Greens 1 and then 2 for their preferred larger party, then the momentum could well build – particularly if the tourism and other industries decide to publicly get behind the Greens’ proposal.

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  1. I can’t understand why people in the southern states ever wanted daylight saving. When they get out of bed, it is more likely to be very cold down there than it is up here.

    I support a move on the part of all states back to Eastern Standard Time.

    I am also having a problem understanding how more solar power would be generated by adopting Daylight Saving, unless it has something to do with people using up water in the storage tank earlier in the day so that it is more likely to refill.

    I still have an electric HWS on the cheaper night rate. If I use water before 7.00 a.m. to do washing or have a shower, it costs me more because the tank gets refilled and reheated. The electricity company also heats the tank up on and off throughout the day in order to make more of a motza. Then they try to pass this off as doing me a favour.

  2. As a country person who works from sunrise to sunset I found daylight saving to be a great nuisance when it was last tried. The shops in our town would close an hour earlier in the afternoon and the evening news on the TV would be over before I came inside. Now that the ABC has a dedicated news channel that would not be such a problem.

  3. An increase in solar energy produced is easily explained. Under daylight savings, there is more daylight during the day. More daylight = more solar energy produced. Unfortunately the flow-on effect of faded curtains is yet to be solved.

  4. Faded curtains its cold shops closing earlier. What a load of garbage mankind does not determine the length of time the sunshines stupid it is rarely cold in summer even in the south and the shops are opened for the same time every day you just need to borrow someone else’s brain and learn to read a watch.

    What daylight saving does do is allow working people more time after work to do the things that are easier to do in daylight like mow the lawn pull in the clothes or go for a swim or fish and miss the news because it is rubbish anyway.

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