Time stands still on clock petition with just 22 supporters
TIME seems to be standing still on a petition calling for Australian Eastern Standard Time to move forward 30 minutes permanently.
The month-old petition loaded onto the Queensland Parliament website had clocked up a slow and steady 22 signatures by 6.30am today.
Sandstone Point resident Graeme Brittenden claims the Queensland economy cops a $4.35 billion hit each year because it is not aligned with NSW, Victoria, the ACT and Tasmania.
Under Mr Brittenden's plan Northern Territory and Western Australia would remain the same but he would also like to see South Australia scrap its daylight savings zone.
"When clocks on the east coast are not synchronised, the Queensland economy is burdened with extra costs," Mr Brittenden explained on the petition site.
"Daylight savings is now superfluous and irrelevant in eastern Australia - it certainly has no applicability in Queensland.
"Apart from the confusion it causes at the QLD and NSW border there are many other inconveniences.
"(About) 86% of the combined Queensland and New South Wales population - including the citizens of the two state capitals - do not live within eastern standard time."
Mr Brittenden goes onto say that daylight saving does not "correct this anomaly".
The retired businessman said you only had to go back in time to find the solution.
"A similar situation existed in 1895 when central standard time originally excluded Adelaide," he said.
"In 1898-89 CST was advanced by 30 minutes to rectify this oversight.
"Had EST been corrected at the same time, DST might not have been introduced in Australia."
The petition will close in November. You can view it at https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/e-petitions - ARM Newsdesk