Recently I’ve been bombarded with emails on the Daylight Saving petition so I’m sorry if I have not got back to everyone – I’m doing my best to stay up-to-date. However, in the spirit of some catching up, I’d like to share a few pieces of research that have been kindly donated by members of my readership.
Firstly is a simple spreadhseet looking at the differences in normal activities over the height of summer with standard versus Daylight Saving time. As noted elsewhere, the differences are quite useful to observe, as the logic of daylight saving under this simple comparison is clearly observable.
Secondly is an article from the Sunday Mail about Labor MPs who support DLS, kindly sent by our Volunteer Petitioner, Nick Lloyd. And a quick thanks to Nick for all his messages and suggestions – you’re fabulous Nick! I agree we do need to get SEQ Lord Mayors to visit the Premier en masse to discuss this issue. I think pehaps we ought to consider a special general meeting in Brisbane in early 2007 to really thrash out the issue of 6 months on; 6 months off DLS, and borders for time zone differences. I’m happy to organise something along those lines for February 2007.
Thirdly, there’s an extensive argument prepared by Allan Clarke of the Sunshine Coast for two time zones in Queensland. Allan’s argument is clear and concise and I recommend it to all interested parties. It emphasises the logic of multiple timezones in a state the size of Queensland. As I have noted to several people who have asked about timezones elsewhere in the world during this campaign, we only have effectively four time zones across Australia, where over the same geographical land space there are more than six time zones across the US (eight in total, including Hawaii and Alaska) and five across Europe. Even so, I am not suggesting that we increase the number of time zones across Australia, but rather segregate those time zones in accordance with business, leisure and geographical characteristics. Allan’s argument concludes that multiple time zones across Queensland does make sense, is practical and can and should be pursued. Bravo, Allan!