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The Queensland Productivity Commission should examine the economic benefit of daylight saving

With the risk of alienating die-hard opponents of daylight saving I believe the State Government should commission the Queensland Productivity Commission to examine the economic cost of the Sunshine State not having this initiative.

This coming Sunday - New South Wales, Victoria, the ACT, South Australia and Tasmania will all shift their clocks forward with the commencement of daylight saving summer hours.  This in no uncertain terms creates an economic cost of inconsistency of hours across the eastern States for Queensland.

It is ludicrous that both sides of State politics are unwilling to examine the merits of Queensland adopting daylight saving.  This is a classic example of whereby both parties are putting politics before the sensible debate of an initiative that could realistically create significant benefit for our economy and many jobs . Let me explain ………..

The issue of daylight saving has typically been a difficult one for the State’s business community just like for all Queenslanders. Historically businesses in SEQ are more inclined to support its adoption and businesses in regional Queensland are more inclined to oppose it.  Previous research I have overseen indicates that Statewide, business support sits at about 62% with this support increasing to 82% in SEQ.

Queensland businesses view this issue not just as a lifestyle one but as an economic one with significant costs existing.  These take the form of:

  • For tourism businesses the visitor experience is diminished and visitor spend is less in the early daylight hours of each day than in evening daylight hours;
  • Queensland businesses have to open earlier to be unison with the southern states incurring additional wage and other operational expenses;
  • Business travellers have to travel the evening before for meetings in the southern states incurring accommodation and meal expenses;
  • Gold Coast business experience special cross-boarder difficulties with the Tweed.

Whilst the majority of Queensland businesses support the introduction of daylight saving the introduction of two time zones within Queensland would be equally problematic and would create significant difficulties for businesses statewide. The adoption of two time zones would simply shift the cost impacts of not having daylight saving from SEQ to Regional Queensland but at the same time are thought to significantly exacerbate the financial impact of this issue.  However, this theory that I have long articulated, needs to be properly tested.

I would like to see the State Government commission detailed economic research on this issue.  This study would establish the economic cost of Queensland not aligning with eastern Australia because of the absence of daylight saving. The Queensland Productivity Commission should examine the cost or benefit of Queensland adopting daylight saving and the cost or benefit of just SEQ.  Only with informed research can we decide whether the cost is too great for Queensland not to have daylight saving.

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The EU and USA are doubting the wisdom of changing the clocks twice a year. They are finding support for daylight saving is declining.
Daylight saving time needs to be abolished - Let's stop the insanity (Fox News)
7 Reasons Canada Should Get Rid Of Daylight Saving Time (MTLBlog, Canada)
Daylight Saving Is Horrible And Expensive, So Let's End It. (Forbes)
Why We Have the (Objectively Terrible) Daylight Saving Time (The Manual)
Five ways Daylight Saving Time went badly wrong (The Weather Channel)
Daylight Saving Time is super unpopular. Here are the countries trying to ditch it. (The Washington Post)
It's Official: Turning the Clocks Back Is a Very Stupid Idea Based on a 100-Year-Old Mistake. (So Why Are We Still Doing It?) (Inc.com)

Instead of campaigning to change QLD to daylight saving, how about we educate the other states about the error of their ways!

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The current version of DST will never be relevant to Queensland or the Queensland economy. We have already wasted too much time on petitions and referenda/ums. We are too close to the tropics and the equator. There is only 1 realistic way of synchronising clocks on the eastern seaboard - advance AEST by 30 minutes and never change the clocks again. Nick Behrens was involved in the 2010 survey that had 2250 responses from businesses available to the CCIQ. Since the 1970's when DSTCV was first introduced and Queensland dillied and dallied, our state economy has haemorrhaged to the extent of over $125 BILLION when not in sync with southern states between October and April each year. The solution is known as "The REAL-TIME Initiative.

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I have been voting every chance I get to have daylight savings introduced. It means more exercise and play time for families among many other benefits. Please get with the times for once and for all Queensland!

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We had a trial of daylight saving for two years back in '89/90 and '90/91.

In this district, we have students who have to travel by bus for about an hour to get to school. In rural Qld this is common. I still remember the photo in the newspaper of children sitting at the school bus stop before sunrise.

Mt Isa is so far west it is in effect already in another time zone. I can remember hearing about students who lived in Mt Isa going to school as the sun was rising.

Without daylight saving, the hottest time of day is 1 to 2pm. With daylight saving the hottest time is equivalent to 2 to 3pm - when students are setting off to walk home from school. Making changes to the clocks so that students travel home at a hotter time of day - does that make sense?

I remember Carols by Candlelight in the park - an event particularly for children. People arrived. It was too hot to stand in the sun in the centre of the park. Everyone stood around the edges of the park under trees. The event was postponed for an hour until the sun set. Besides, what is the point of candlelight in bright daylight? It was a late night for the children who had to get up an hour earlier because of daylight saving.

We don't have long twilights in the north. Half an hour after the sun dips below the horizon, it is night, not twilight. There is no advantage in daylight saving - not more exercise and play time.

Daylight saving is something wanted in South East Queensland. Please be truthful - it is not something wanted by Queensland.
It is wanted by only a small part of the state. There is more to Queensland than just the south east corner.

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I hope this government will see sense and give Qld what it wants, i.e. Daylight Saving. It seems backward that we don't already have it. I have voted for this government for twenty years but will not give them my vote again unless we get this much needed Daylight saving.

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It's a real inconvenience for my business without daylight saving.
1. The sun is up at 4.30am and daylight around 4am but we can't start work until 6.30am due to noise of power tools.
2. Internet banking transfers need to be done an hour earlier to meet bank cut off processing time, so more wasted time during our working day!

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Please just do this! Qld is lacking common sense in this regard. Dsl is way overdue. No politician has the gall to make this a priority, and in the meantime we have to live with earplugs and block out curtains just to sleep until 6am - completely ridiculous.

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