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Article from: The Advertiser

GREG KELTON, STATE EDITOR

June 27, 2007 02:15am

DAYLIGHT saving in South Australia will be extended by four weeks next year to bring the state into line with NSW and Victoria.

The controversial plan, in which daylight saving will end on the first Sunday in April - a week later than usual - follows extensive consultation by the State Government.

As part of the one-year trial, daylight saving will begin next year three weeks early, on the first Sunday in October instead of later in the month - the same time the other states are introducing it permanently.

The Government, however, has ruled out a move to adopt Eastern Standard Time.

Premier Mike Rann said the community had shown a strong level of support for extended daylight saving.

"Consistency with the eastern states who observe daylight saving will be more convenient for SA businesses and help them avoid added costs and confusion," he said.

More than 6000 submissions, via emails, letters and online were made to the Government on the issue, with 67 per cent favouring the extension.

In a concession to those on the West Coast, however, it is understood businesses and schools on Eyre Peninsula will be given the option of opening their businesses and classrooms later.

If SA had not adopted the move, it would have been 90 minutes behind the eastern states for five weeks - apart from Queensland which does not have daylight saving.

Daylight saving in SA usually begins late in October and ends on the last Sunday in March.

The latest decision brings SA into line with a decision by the Council of Australian Governments in April for NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory to extend daylight saving.

This had provoked a backlash from the business community, with Business SA saying the Government had missed a "no-brainer" opportunity to make life easier for all South Australians.

Mr Rann said the Government was simply following other states in starting daylight saving three weeks earlier and finishing one week later.

"To do otherwise would have meant that for some weeks, SA would have been 1 1/2 hours behind the other states, not half an hour," Mr Rann said.

"This would have had a detrimental impact on SA businesses as well as airline and other scheduling.

"In addition, extended daylight hours allow people to have more time for recreation after work and more time with family."

Mr Rann said the Government recognised the significant opposition to the proposal, especially from those living on the state's West Coast.

He said the Government would work with regional councils and community organisations to develop ways of reducing the impact of extended daylight saving.

"The Government wants to see how this extension works over the course of a year before making the decision about whether it should become a permanent fixture," Mr Rann said.

Industrial Relations Minister Michael Wright said the extension would help SA maintain a competitive business climate with the eastern states. He said it also would boost tourism, with more events able to be held in the evening and more time for people to take part in outdoor sport and recreation.

Industry has welcomed the decision, with Business SA chief executive Peter Vaughan describing it as "totally appropriate and correct". Mr Vaughan said it was a decision which would not be without political pain but it was one based on the best outcome for all of SA.

"Business wanted them to go further (to Eastern Standard Time) but without this decision, there would be a 90-minute differential between us and the other states and that would have been utter madness," Mr Vaughan said.
 

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I'm surprised the Federal Government hasn't called out the Army and invaded Adelaide long ago over this issue.
 

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Diff time zones annoy me
Can't we do what china does. 1 whole country 1 time zone.
Despite that China is a vast country and it geographically spans several time zones the whole of China operates to a single Standard Time, set of course by the captital Beijing.

Can't we do and enforce the same ?
 
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