Another NO to daylight saving in Qld.


Electronic Media Monitoring Service 


08-06-2010 08:22 AM


ABC Canberra 666

Parl No.


Channel Name

ABC Canberra 666


08-06-2010 08:22 AM



08-06-2010 08:57 AM

Cover date

2010-06-08 08:22:28

Citation Id








Open Item 

Parent Program URL
Text online


Media Deleted


System Id


Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document

Another NO to daylight saving in Qld. -

View in ParlViewView other Segments

Nearly two thirds of the state voted for a referendum on the issue but Queensland has said NO to
daylight saving. The Premier Anna Bligh has promoted trialling a split time zone for the state,
between the south-east where people are largely in favour of daylight saving and regional
Queensland, where the majority of people oppose it. Anna Bligh also suggested putting the issue to
a formal referendum. But both proposals have been canned following an on-line poll.

TONY EASTLEY: 18 years after Queenslanders rejected daylight savings in a referendum, a plan by the
Premier to run a split time zone between the south east corner and the rest of the State has been
shot down.

Anna Bligh suggested the trial of dual times between the south-east, where people are largely in
favour of daylight saving, and the regional Queensland, where the majority of people oppose it.

She also suggested putting the issue to a formal referendum.

But both proposals have been canned following an online poll.

Charlotte Glennie reports from Brisbane.

CHARLOTTE GLENNIE: When the morning alarm sounds in south-east Queensland next summer the State's
Premier, Anna Bligh, wants to wake up in the same time zone as most of the rest of the country.

ANNA BLIGH: There's a number of people, including myself, that would love to see daylight saving
here in the south-east corner.

CHARLOTTE GLENNIE: But she concedes it's not to be.

ANNA BLIGH: we accept that we're a government for the whole State and that means governing for
regional Queensland and doing the right thing by all parts of the State.

CHARLOTTE GLENNIE: Most people in regional Queensland have long been opposed to daylight saving.

But earlier this year the Independent MP, Peter Wellington, introduced a Private Members Bill to
the State Parliament proposing a split time zone during daylight saving, between the south-east and
the rest of Queensland.

So the Premier Anna Bligh commissioned an online survey to gauge opinion.

74,000 people responded with 63 per cent of them voting in favour of a referendum on daylight
saving for the south east.

But the results confirmed a strong divide between opinions in the south east of the State and
regional Queensland and that's led Anna Bligh to one conclusion.

ANNA BLIGH: Regional Queensland is implacably opposed to any splitting of the State and any split
time zones. After quite a bit of discussion we've resolved that we won't be supporting Peter
Wellington's Private Members Bill.

CHARLOTTE GLENNIE: The Independent Member for Nicklin, Peter Wellington, says he's bitterly

He's also hit out at both the Premier and the State Leader of the Opposition for failing to allow
MPs a conscience vote on the issue.

PETER WELLINGTON: In the Western Australian Parliament the Government and the Opposition allowed
their duly elected members of Parliament a free vote. Yet you come to Queensland, in Queensland
both the Government and the Opposition refuse that same right of the elected members of Parliament
and that's a disgrace

CHARLOTTE GLENNIE: Jason Furze is the leader of the single issue political party Daylight Saving
for South East Queensland.

JASON FURZE: The Government and the Opposition are scared of losing ground in regional Queensland.
They're more worried about the next election result rather than what the people of Queensland

CHARLOTTE GLENNIE: But 1,800 kilometres away in the north-west mining city of Mt Isa the former ALP
Minister and anti daylight saving campaigner, Tony McGrady, says people are celebrating.

TONY MCGRADY: The last time we had it my kids were fairly young and when you have temperatures in
excess of 40 degrees during the day you're looking for some relief and you're trying to get the
kids in and put them to bed when it's still broad daylight it makes it very, very difficult.

CHARLOTTE GLENNIE: Tony McGrady says he believes there are enough divisions in today's society
without dividing the state.

TONY EASTLEY: Charlotte Glennie.