For those who are wondering why I didn’t challenge Bob Katter’s comments on Daylight Saving and skin cancer and getting kids to bed on time, all I can say is that I didn’t think the comments were worthy of responding.
The skin cancer issue was dismissed as absurd by the Queensland Cancer Council and more generally by Cancer authorities. See here:
– ABC news story, October 2006
– The Age article, October 2006
– Brisbane Times article, October 2007.
As for the getting-kids-to-sleep thing, the relatively early sunset in SEQ means that the latest the sun would set with daylight saving would be 7:48pm with complete darkness by 8:13pm. By Australian standards, this is still very early. And if all else fails, there’s these wonderful things called “curtains” and “blinds” that can help darken a room. And no, they don’t fade when you have daylight savings.