This morning, my mother was delighted to turn her clock back, thus ridding herself of the evil daylight savings time. In discussion of the whole daylight savings debate, she quoted a story she had been told by a someone of American Indian origin. “Only a Government would think that by cutting two inches off the top of the blanket and stitching it back onto the bottom of the blanket would actually make the blanket longer“. Good point.
But for those that live by the clock in a time based world, daylight savings is a necessary evil. Businesses, particularly those on the east coast border of QLD and NSW are caught in the time warp. And while the divide between those that do and those that don’t is only an hour, the gap between East and West can be anything up to 3 hours.
Here, we don’t have it. Queensland adopted daylight saving in 1971, but abandoned it in 1972, introduced it again in 1989 but abandoned it following a referendum in 1992. The referendum results were close: being 45.5% for it, but 54.5% against. Although the population discusses the whole daylight savings debate, for the politicians, daylight savings in Queensland is the elephant in the kitchen.
WA adopted daylight saving in 1974, but abandoned it following a referendum in 1975. It then reintroduced it in 1983-84 only to abandon it again following a referendum during 1984. A further referendum in 1992 stopped it being introduced again. Another trial began in 2006 and finished yesterday. And then – you guessed it - another referendum will be held on Saturday 16th May.
In Victoria and NSW you have the clocks marching forward each year without the need for constant referendums. But the support for daylight savings within our South Eastern cousins also seems divided.
Either way – some are for it, some against.
Me – I wish we had it here in QLD. (Although all the calculations in my head when I want to call family in Victoria or Western Australia does do my head in a bit).
What about you – are you daylight saver or are you concerned for your fading curtains and soured cows milk?