News and views from the anti-daylight saving front
The following are a small selection of anti-daylight saving developments, drawn from readers' emails, public domain media releases, and other related websites and information sources.
*Queensland split timezone debate re-opens: Time line*
Labour MPs agree to split-timezone consultation
story thus far ...
In response, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh went on Twitter on 14 April to guage support for the introduction of a split timezone for SE Queensland. The following day, the premier called a special Caucus meeting on the issue. The outcome of the meeting was that all Labor MPs were directed to consult with their electorates to guage support for a split timezone in SE Queensland.
In addition to a public consultation, the Government set up a website to invite public feedback. The online feedback closes on 31 May. If the feedback is positive, Premier Bligh said there could be a trial and a referendum.
Since then, feedback from Labor MPs has predictably shown strong opposition to a daylight saving trial, a split timezone and a referendum in the rural-regional areas. In Brisbane and the Gold Coast, there has been strong support for daylight saving but support for a referendum on a split timezone is weaker than expected.
feedback has found that a majority of Queenslanders also believe the whole
timezone issue to be a distraction from the premier's embattled political
position on the pending privatisation of state government assets and the
health payroll debacle.
'Why Anna is boxed in over daylight saving,' Madonna King, Courier Mail, 29 May 2010
'Lack of enthusiasm for daylight saving zone,' Chris O'Brien, ABC News Online, 28 May 2010
'Queenslanders are distressed about the possibility of a split timezone says Bligh,' Courier Mail (AAP), 25 May 2010
'Strong resistance against daylight saving: Labor,' Chris O'Brien, 18 May, ABC News Online, 17 May 2010
continues as daylight saving support remains split,' Chris O'Brien,
ABC News Online, 17 May 2010
much anticipated final vote on the abolition of daylight saving bill in
Alaska never happened.
[Light of Day comment:
bill was shaping up to be the most exciting news on the US anti-daylight
saving front in a long time.
this bill actually got to be voted on in the Alaskan Lower House, and
passed by a substantial majority, Senator Olsen saw fit to hold onto the
bill and not pass it to a Senate vote. This indicates that the bill looked
very likely to have been passed.]
This is how the story was reported by Light of Day in March last year:
[Flashback] Alaska, 25 March 2009
House Passes Bill Exempting Alaska From Daylight-Saving Time, moves to Senate
bill repealing daylight saving time in Alaska is on its way to the Alaskan
State Senate, after being passed in the House 22-15 on 25 March.
'[The bill] HB19 moved through the Senate State Affairs Committee. Two additional hearings remain.The Senate Community and Regional Affairs Committee (CRA) and the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee (L&C) must hold hearings. These two hearings and a floor vote in the Senate must be held by the end of the second session of this Legislature. The second session will be held next year starting in January 2010.'
United States 2010
Anti-daylight Saving: The Movie
WOW! Anti-daylight saving now has its own feature film!
Daylight is a new film about a man in the US who starts an anti-daylight
saving group. Written and directed by Parker Wallace, the film has been
officially selected for a whole swag of film festivals.
[Light of Day comment: We have not seen the film; neither have we much idea of its contents. However, from the look of the trailer, it appears that the film's anti-daylight saver characters are a bit of a motley bunch. On this basis, it might be safe to assume we are being sent up. We just hope it will be done affectionately!]
Bangladesh, April 2010
about-turn on DST
reason for the government's decision to abandon the DST plan is unclear
but appears to be driven by lack of public support.
Australia, April 2010
South Australia's west coast communities have repeatedly opposed this and other extensions to daylight saving and have claimed their objections have not been listened to.
"The result of the referendum may be an endorsement
of the extension but at least that way we would have an opportunity to
have our say," Mr Suter said.
Russia, February 2010
Medvedev said that multiple time zones complicated running businesses in the vast country and the switch between summer and winter time harmed people's health.
to the plan, a bill has been drawn up by lawmakers in both houses of parliament.
The bill is yet to be voted on in the lower house, but is believed to
have strong backing from an influential committee in the upper house of
Heads, NSW, January 2010
In Queensland, where the light is starting to fading by 7pm,
this is not much of a problem. However, in the DST states, with daylight
continuing up to 8.00pm and beyond during the daylight saving months,
people may still be coming to the beach for over an hour after the lifesavers
have gone home.