Say no to daylight savings time in Queensland

Eligibility - Queensland citizens
Principal Petitioner:
Robbie Katter MP
74 Camooweal Street
Total Signatures - 7,750
Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament
Posting Date: 29/9/2021
Closing Date: 30/11/2021
Tabled Date: 1/12/2021
Responded By: Hon Shannon Fentiman MP on 17/12/2021
TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland citizens draws to the attention of the House the unacceptably negative and unfair impact any introduction of Daylight Saving Time (DST) would have on the people of North, Central and Western Queensland. 

South-east Queenslanders annually revisit their desire to introduce DST, despite the fact this would plunge the overwhelming geographic majority of Queenslanders into artificially-lengthened “working days” characterized by an additional hour of oppressive heat and sunshine for a six-month period.

It would also further erode livability in rural and regional communities, many of which already contend with 40-plus degree days throughout summer. 

Recent university research has claimed that DST is supported by 60 per cent of Queenslanders, and therefore it should be introduced immediately. 

However this is underwhelming support when considering 73 per cent of Queenslanders live in the south-east corner, which is the only region in the State that typically desires longer days. 

DST is widely considered unsuitable for Northern Australia, and any decisions to introduce it in Queensland would further the cultural, economic and political divide that already exists between the south-east corner and the rest of the State. 

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House not to introduce Daylight Savings Time (DST) in Queensland.