Newman rejects 20,000 signature petition on daylight saving

A PETITION signed by more than 20,000 people to demand daylight saving for south-east Queensland has been rejected by Premier Campbell Newman who believes the issue "divides Queenslanders".

The formal petition lodged by a Mooloolaba man in October last year asked the government to begin a daylight saving trial.

If supported, the change could be made permanent.

In his response, the Premier wrote there were "far greater priorities facing the state" that needed more urgent action.

He said a change to the clocks "will not solve these big problems that affect Queenslanders on a daily basis, such as providing access to decent health care, education and police services".

The Premier said daylight savings - whether for the whole state or only certain parts - would not be considered.

Mr Newman said the government made its position clear ahead of the 2012 election.