OPINION: Time for State Government to bring daylight saving to WA

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THE time has come to bring Western Australia in line with the rest of the country and introduce daylight saving to our great State.

You might have seen the April Fool’s Day article we posted on Sunday – if not, I’d encourage you to take a read. It’s good for a laugh.

But jokes aside, the piece got such a strong response that it is hard to pretend that this issue is dead and buried for West Australian people.

We’ve had a whopping four referendums on the issue – in 1975, 1984, 1992 and 2009 – and each time it’s been voted down.

Here’s the thing – I don’t think we should have even had a referendum on the issue to begin with.

 

Surely this, like extended retail trading hours, is an issue that should be decided by government without putting it to an expensive vote.

Daylight saving would make it easier for those of us who do business with the eastern states.

It would allow those who work to enjoy a bit more sunlight on arrival home during the warmer months.

It would allow those with families to enjoy a bit more sunlight during the evenings at their local parks or beaches.

It could even provide a boost to the economy, encouraging people to head out and socialise for a little longer than they might normally.

And I can absolutely guarantee it won’t fade the curtains at a faster rate than that which they are currently fading.

It’s time for the State Government to do what it was elected to do – govern.

Let’s bring this change in and do it quickly – by the time we get to the next election, everyone will be used to it and we can focus on more important issues.