DAYLIGHT DEBATE: Reasons for and against daylight saving
ONE thing's for sure - it's an issue that divides the state. What are your thoughts? Should Queensland adopt daylight saving time? Let us know in the comments below.
5 Reasons Queensland should adopt daylight saving:
1. Maximises daylight
Sunlight is good for your health and your soul. Who wouldn't want more of that?
2. Reduces accidents
Some argue longer daylight hours would reduce traffic accidents, with many occurring after dark.
3. Conserves energy
It's possible daylight saving can conserve energy if people are using less electricity, like lights, in daylight. People may also be more inclined to walk, rather than drive, in daylight, saving fuel.
4. Good for business
Some people believe extra daylight hours can spur summer spending. Would you be more likely to shop and dine out in the evening sun?
5. Keeping time
Staying on time with our friends below the border would make it easier to keep up with interstate mates. It could also help cross-border business, too.
5 reasons Queensland should say no to daylight saving:
1. Darker mornings
No one likes getting up in the dark, it's a scientific fact. Also, commuting in the early hours could cause the same accidents prevented by daylight saving in the evening.
2. Changing the clocks
Quite simply, changing clocks back and forth is a hassle.
3. The cow milk theory
Those working in the dairy industry will be quick to tell you what impact daylight saving would have on cow milk production. It's said if a cow is milked every day at 4am, and is suddenly milked every day at 3am, its milk supply will drop. We might know the clocks have changed, but cows don't.
4. Health impact
Some people believe our bodies never really adjust to changes in time zones. There's a good chance the beginning and end of daylight saving will disturb sleep patterns, too.
5. Keeping the kids up
Kids are more likely to get outside and play in the daylight, which is great, but good luck getting them to sleep when the sun's still shining.
Two time zones, one state?
The push for daylight saving in Queensland comes overwhelmingly from the south-east. Those living up north are more involved in agriculture, on which daylight saving can impact, than many in the state's bottom corner. Also, with sweltering heat in the far-north, sun-down could even comes as a relief to some. But how a split or dual time zone would be implemented in the state remains to be seen.