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Notice given 10 November 2005

317  Senator Murray: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Senator Calvert, in his capacity as a senator for Tasmania, has written to the Prime Minister (Mr Howard) suggesting that the question of regularising daylight saving and examining time zones be listed for discussion at the next Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting, and

(ii) Australia’s time zones date from the 1880s and that individual approaches by states and territories to daylight saving have a significant, continuing and detrimental economic impact on Australian commerce and communications; and

(b) supports the call for this important matter to be discussed at COAG as an important step in examining this economic handicap, and urges the Prime Minister to raise this important matter of reform with the Premiers and Chief Ministers of the states and territories.