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Daylight saving: Could this solve the issue for good?

Graeme Brittenden is proposing an (almost) single time zone.
Graeme Brittenden is proposing an (almost) single time zone.

THE mere mention of the daylight saving debate is enough to bring on cries of protest, but Graeme Brittenden wants to put a stop to it once and for all.

He doesn't want Queensland to take on daylight saving time, and he's not calling for other states to abolish it, but he says it is well and truly time for change.

"Australia can't support this current model of daylight saving," he said.

Should clocks up and down the eastern states be moved by 30 minutes all year round?

This poll ended on 18 August 2017.

Current Results

Yes. That would end the confusion and be better for business.

36%

No. Things should stay the way they are.

13%

No. Queensland should have Daylight Saving time in summer.

27%

No. Daylight Saving time in other states should be abolished.

21%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Mr Brittenden said that being out of sync with other east coast states was costing Queensland businesses more than $5 billion every year.

His solution is to move the clocks in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania forward by 30 minutes, and never change them again.

"If we do that we don't need daylight saving, it takes it off the agenda," he said.

"Everybody's sick and tired about the arguments.

"As soon as you mention daylight saving to a politician you get 'you cant do that', 'curtains and cows' and all that sort of rubbish."

Mr Brittenden's petition to Queensland Parliament was tabled in April and knocked back with Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath saying there was "genuine concern that any proposal for change in this area would be likely to cause deep divisions in our community".

 

MAN ON A MISSION: Graeme Brittenden spreading his message at Beerwah.
MAN ON A MISSION: Graeme Brittenden spreading his message at Beerwah. Patrick Woods

But that has not deterred the octogenarian from his mission to make a difference.

"I'm prepared to work on this until it happens," he said.

Mr Brittenden is hoping to get his idea to the Council of Australian Governments, and is spreading his message through meetings with Queensland and New South Wales local councils and mayors, and through community meetings like one he attended at Beerwah this week.

"I want people to start rattling the doors of their local and federal politicians," he said.

"Our economies can not afford what's happening at the moment."

Topics:  business daylight saving graeme brittenden state parliament


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