Daily Archives: April 16, 2010

Daylight Savings in South East Queensland

What do you do when your hospital system is in crisis, your health workers aren’t getting paid properly, your solar scheme is in tatters, you’ve run out of money for the education dept., your budget is blown bigger than a cross river tunnel, and you’re copping a heap of flack for lying about selling off the Qld. Rail coal division… (well, not lying as such, just not telling anyone before the election you were planning the sell off)? 

What do you do? 

Well, you turn to Mayor Quimby for inspiration, because this needs real leadership!  Unfortunately the PM has hogged the ‘illegal immigrant’ bandwagon, so you are forced to come up with another diversion.  Aha!!  Daylight Saving.  

Now, the jury is still out wether or not the people of this state have seen through your little ploy Ms. Premier, but have faith, the drooling masses will pick it up and run with it.  Just keep prodding.  Nothing like turning mate against mate, brother against brother, city against country, and workers against farmers to take the heat off all your other failings! 

Well done 🙂

Anyway, for what it’s worth, here are my two cents:  I don’t like daylight savings.  As someone who has to get up at 4.30am to get ready for work, I spend enough of my year pedalling to work in the dark.  I don’t like the fact that it’s still daylight and hot as hell in my house at 8pm at night when we’re trying to get the kids to bed.  And I’m lucky, we live on the coast.  Imagine how folk in Mt. Isa must have felt during the last stint of daylight saving. 

Sure, if I didn’t have kids, worked a 9 – 5 job, and wanted to play golf into the late evenings, or potter about my garden in the Bribane twilight, then I might lean toward voting for daylight savings.  But I don’t, so I won’t. 

And please, don’t tell us anymore that we should line up with businesses in NSW.  We don’t make people in Perth get up 2 hours earlier so impatient folk in Sydney don’t have to wait to call them during Eastern Standard Time business hours. 

Anyway, why doesn’t NSW have a referendum on Daylight Saving?  Perhaps their Premier might be surprised to discover that it is not as popular as we’ve been lead to believe.  I reckon people living in Broken Hill would have a lot to say; maybe they’d be better off switching to Adelaides’ time zone? 

Look, we live in a wonderful society, served by a global market which we are informed now runs 24 – 7, why is it impossible for those people who wish to play golf, or go jogging, to start a little earlier?  Have they not heard of flexi-time?  It’s not a quantum leap for their HR department to allow some folk to start earlier, and others’ an hour later.  It really isn’t. 

Anyway, as a divesion Qld’s leaders are onto a winner, it’s certainly got us all of us northerners, centralians, and westerners riled up.  Hell, I even agreed with Bob Katter!!!  Me?!  Agreed with Bob!!  I think I need a few more exclamation marks  “!!!!!”  I like his idea (again, “!!!!” ) to build a wall around Brisbane and sign the joint over to NSW.

I wonder; should be starting a campaign to get Gladstone named as the new State Capital, or campaign to ditch the the State Government system altogether…. hmmm?!

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