Daylight saving in Queensland

Eligibility - Queensland residents
Principal Petitioner:
David Jones
PO Box 1124
Total Signatures - 15,242
Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament
Posting Date: 10/9/2021
Closing Date: 28/11/2021
TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House, that Queensland is economically and socially disadvantaged by not having daylight saving. This causes deep divisions within our community, as Queensland is out of sync with all other eastern states for six months of the year, resulting in enormous issues for many businesses across the state and with the south-east left to endure unreasonably early sunrises and sunsets.

Not having daylight saving in Queensland is estimated to cost the state's economy in excess of $4 billion annually, due to business inefficiencies, and missed tourism and retail opportunities. As a consequence, the state government also forgoes significant revenue – estimated to be $1 billion annually. Daylight saving should therefore be considered as a priority in supporting Queensland's economic recovery from the COVID-19 induced financial conditions.

Queenslanders are geographically divided on this matter; but not having daylight saving in Queensland, or at least in the south-east, is not reflective of Queensland's current demographics and community sentiment. The 30-year old referendum result on this matter is now irrelevant. Therefore, Queenslanders who support daylight saving feel alienated and ignored when state leaders continually dismiss requests to address this matter.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to consider introducing daylight saving into Queensland, or at the very least, in the south-east of the state.