More on daylight saving

It seems the West has finally turned a corner in its reporting on this issue. After the Nationals’ poll, which now has 37,000 signatures demanding an early referendum for daylight saving, and the former Liberal leader Matt Birney’s desire to modify it to run only from October to December (does this mean Gloucester Park has to spend twice as much each year?), along with Channel Seven and other community polling suggesting between 60 and 75 per cent opposition, the West has launched a profoundly parochial broadside at the effects of daylight saving, clearly recognising the needs of its advertisers the small businesses which have been affected by daylight saving. Apparently 65% of restauranteurs intend to vote against it in 2009 (or earlier if held then).

The last couple of months has amply demonstrated in my view exactly why we should not have daylight saving. I am not against the concept as such, but I am against it as it applies in Western Australia. Especially in Perth, where I now have to go to uni in the dark and can’t get to sleep at night without my airconditioner because Perth in effect already has daylight saving, being about 6 degrees, or 20 minutes, west of the 8-hour meridian, and the areas which actually do need it actually have their own way of resolving the problem.

I’m glad that these real issues are getting debated now in the media, where they should have been before our anti-democratic government decided to shove them in our faces with the media triumphantly in tow.

As for my quietness to the present, I think I underestimated how busy I was going to be with offline priorities! I’ll repost something I wrote elsewhere in a sec regarding the current “crises” and the like.


2 Responses to More on daylight saving

  1. JL says:

    This raises the WA media somewhat in my estimation, after its previous rampant DLS advocacy. The only WA publication that showed any commendable objectivity in the lead-up to the DLS vote was the WA Business News.

    Let’s see if the pollies can follow The West’s example. They seem to go whichever way the wind blows (sun shines?) – nothing like another good DLS bunfight to take voters’ minds off government corruption.

  2. Brandon says:

    I remember the Sunday Times ‘spearheading’ a campaign a couple of years ago in favour of Daylight Saving Time (which is commonly referred to as the misspelling of ‘Daylight Savings’) after The West managed to get food labelling standards passed. Most people wanted those changes, but the DST campaign was somewhat controversial.

    I remember ‘opinion’ moving its way up the paper, and finally reaching the front page in one West Australian issue, before retreating back into the corners of the pages, forgotten. What ever happened to reporting the news, not just one person’s opinion?

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