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23 August, 2006

simplier daylight saving in Australia

daylightsavingCurrently, only south-eastern states in Australia observe daylight saving, and the start date and end date are all different. In most states observing daylight saving, it starts from last Sunday in October to the last Sunday in March exact Tasmania (starts from first Sunday in October and end on the first Sunday in April).

The new timetable would synchronise daylight savings to Tasmania's timetable.

The good news is the governments are working on a new plan to synchronise daylight saving dates. They are still working on...

Daylight saving plan for SE states (Yahoo! News)

Daylight saving plan for SE states

Australia's south-eastern states are considering a proposal to adopt a common daylight timetable operating six months of the year.

The plan would extend daylight saving by 35 more days in Victoria, NSW, South Australia and the ACT and bring them in line with Tasmania.

The new timetable would begin on the first Sunday in October and end on the first Sunday in April.

Currently, mainland southeast Australian states usually run daylight saving from the last Sunday in October to the last Sunday in March - or the first Sunday in April as it was this year.

Queensland, which has not adopted daylight saving, has opted out of the plan.

Victorian Premier Steve Bracks announced the plan in state parliament.

He said the states had already given "in principle" approval when it was suggested by Prime Minister John Howard at the last Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting.

"This would have significant benefits in relation to transmission of business between states," Mr Bracks said.

"You're talking effectively about 70 per cent of Australia's population and economy. Also it would have significant benefits for families."

Mr Bracks said he had written to his counterparts in south-east Australia and, if they agreed, the plan could be adopted for the summer of 2007-08.

A spokesman for Premier Morris Iemma said NSW would consider the proposal.

"The NSW government will be considering the proposal in line with the commitment (Mr Iemma) gave at COAG," the spokesman said.

But NSW Nationals leader Andrew Stoner rejected the plan, saying people in western areas of the state already think daylight saving goes on too long.

Mr Stoner said it might be supported by some people who lived on the coast, but it would go down "like a lead balloon" in the west and in some eastern areas of NSW.

"People there already say it's too long," he told AAP.

"They're getting up in the dark and the sun's blazing late in the evening as it is in the midst of summer."

Victorian Nationals leader Peter Ryan also queried the plan, saying it should be put to the people through a referendum at the November state election.

Victorian Farmers Federation president Simon Ramsay said farmers had given him a "mixed response".

Some, especially in the dairy industry, were opposed while others, such as the grain growers, welcomed it.

Nevertheless, all farmers wanted a uniform approach to the issue, he said.

A spokeswoman for South Australian Premier Mike Rann denied in principle support had already been given to proposal.

"We certainly haven't looked at it or discussed or seen what the consequences are or had any discussion whatsoever," she told AAP.

"When we get the letter we will have a look at it."

The ACT supports harmonising daylight saving arrangements but would wait and see what NSW did before making a definitive decision, a spokeswoman for Chief Minister Jon Stanhope said.

Posted by Antony on 23 August 2006 10:43 AM | newstalk

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