Daylight Saving Time

Why do we have it and where did it start?

by NillumbikConnections
4 mins read

It’s the first Sunday of October that many states in Australia choose to advance their clocks forward one hour for Daylight Saving Time (DST) – without the ‘s’, that’s right, it’s Daylight Saving, not Savings. It happens at 2am in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, and the Australian Capital Territory. It starts on the 1st Sunday of October and ends the 1st Sunday of April.

Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia do not advance their clocks for six months of the year like the other states.

Queensland has had a long old debate over Daylight Saving Time, with public opinion divided between north and west areas, and the eastern state. A referendum was held in 1992 following a three-year trial (1989/90 – 1991/92), and was defeated with a 54.5% ‘no’ vote.

Western Australia also had their debates over daylight-saving time, with a referendum being held four times, 1975, 1984, 1992 and 2009.  All were defeated. A trial period followed each referendum but the time change has never stuck.

The states that decided to implement the Benjamin Franklin conceived idea, enjoy an ‘extra’ hour of sunlight in the evening of the Summer months. It was introduced as a way to conserve energy, by moving clocks forward, people could take advantage of the extra evening daylight, rather than ‘wasting’ energy on lighting. Germany established Daylight Saving Time in May 1916 as a way to conserve fuel during World War I. The rest of Europe came onboard shortly thereafter. Australia first observed Daylight Saving Time in 1916.

There are many arguments from areas within these states as to why they do or do not want time to change over the warmer months. Farmers don’t like milking in the dark, ‘it confuses the cows’, it’s too hot in the north to have an extra hour in the evening of heat and then there is health implications, especially those with sleep conditions.

Does having an extra hour of daylight in Summer work for you? What are your thoughts or comments about Daylight Saving Time? We’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below.

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