OPINION: Should we give daylight savings a go?

COMMENT BY KATHY SUNDSTROM: HOW can Queensland call itself a "smart state" when no one is bold enough to make daylight saving a reality?

Next week, most states across Australia will be changing their watches in acknowledgment summer is nearly here.

But the State where the sun rises the earliest continues to hold annual debates as to whether this is a good idea.

I don't understand the emotion around daylight saving. 

To me, it is a common sense decision that simply requires someone bold enough to make it.

Having that extra hour in the morning makes a big difference to the length of the day.

And yes, I know I can wake up earlier if I choose, but seriously?

The fact is the sun rises earlier.  So why not adjust our watches accordingly?

Not being born in this country, I missed most of the history around daylight saving.

However, my brief research shows it was introduced during the First World War.

And apparently it was Tasmania that led the way ensuring it was introduced to keep down power bills.

I know Tasmanian summers get hot, but it can also be pretty hot at 9am in Queensland in mid-summer.

At the end of last summer, more than 26,000 people presented a petition to the State Government calling for the introduction on daylight saving in the South East.

That's a lot of people.

WHAT'S MAKING NEWS:

Getting people to sign anything, let alone a petition, is a challenge nowadays.

But the Premier who is bold enough to make suggestions the Sunshine Coast should accept developments outside its town plan, doesn't have the guts to make a decision on daylight saving.

He claims it will divide the State with those outside of the South East not wanting it.

Anna Bligh was plucky enough to take the emotion out of fluoridation and simply make it a fact in 2008, based on scientific research showings it benefits.

Many didn't agree, but many don't agree with vaccinations either.

Fluoridation has since changed with this government's leaving it up to each council to decide in 2012.

It would be hard to follow this route with daylight saving as you would need to have road signs before you enter each town showing what the time is.

But there has been a strong call to make daylight saving a reality in the South East.

Let's hope Campbell Newman has the courage to at least make this a reality during his term.



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