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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Daylight Saving, Western Australia

After a three year trial, on the 16th May 2009, Western Australia had its fourth referendum on Daylight Saving and once again the people voted 'no'. The 'yes' voters claimed their state was completely out of sync with the east coast, being two hours behind the financial hub of Sydney and Melbourne. The 'no' voters argued that their commercial heart was in South East Asia who are on the same time zone.

I was reading a local newspaper article by Editor Judith Treby before the referendum took place. She wrote:

"... during our hot summers, when I arrive home from work with temperatures still hovering around 30 degrees at 6pm, it is too hot to exercise, other than go for a swim. On hot nights I am unable to enjoy dinner at the usual time and seem to lose an hour a day, waiting for the weather to cool down enough to eat. This is when I find daylight saving a negative experience."

Western Australia joins the Northern Territory and Queensland who have also said no to daylight saving.