Today we, in Western Australia, went to the polls to vote in a referendum for Daylight Savings. Daylight savings has a very chequered history in this state.
I was in high school 38 years ago when daylight savings was introduced in Victoria (and much of Australia). Since then I’ve lived in a lot of different places and the only place not to have DLS was Jabiru in the NT. I can understand Australia’s top end and the tropics not having DLS. There is no winter. There’s just hot and wet or hot and dry. The closer you are to the equater, the less the difference in the length of day and night.
I don’t understand why anyone in Western Australia wouldn’t want it. I guess I’ve lived with it for so much of my life, it’s normal for me. None of the arguments against daylight savings make sense to me.
As I write this it looks like there’s going to be an overwhelming NO vote. Polling closed 45 minutes ago and it’s 70% No, 30% Yes, so far. It’s so strange but not so unexpected. This is a state that has no Sunday trading, except for a few exceptions, and definitely no 24 hour trading. It’s apparently not so long ago that petrol stations were only open on a roster on Sundays. Many Western Australians, ‘specially those who’ve lived here all, or most, of their lives don’t seem to want much in the way of progress or change, or alignment with the trends of the rest of the country/world. I don’t say this with the intention of upsetting or offending any Western Australian’s. It’s just the way I see things – as someone who’s only lived here for less than 2 years.
I do wonder how many of the naysayers will realise next summer, after 3 years of DLS trial, just what they’ve lost, how good it was and will wish they had voted Yes.
When polls closed last night with 71 per cent of the vote counted, the “No” vote maintained a 55.5 per cent to 44.5 cent lead over the “Yes” vote. Bye-bye daylight savings.