OPINION: Don't sweat on daylight saving debate

IT SEEMS like every year around October we have another debate about daylight saving, so I suppose it is as good a time as any to throw my 10 cents worth in.

My view is that daylight saving is essentially a pointless exercise in summer in Queensland, and there are several reasons for this.

The first is that we already have about an extra one or two hours of daylight in summer - it would make more sense to introduce daylight saving during winter, when the days are actually shorter.

Secondly, daylight saving in summer, in Ipswich, means that it is that little bit hotter at the time when you are trying to go to sleep.

In the heat of late December and early January, if you go to bed about 9.30pm, the sun has only fully set about one hour earlier, and it can often still be more than 30 degrees.

You could theorise that this, in turn, would lead to the additional use of power on air conditioners. Sometimes I wonder if our southern cousins know what it's like to sleep in a pool of their own sweat.

Thirdly, the extra hour that we pretend we've created by switching to daylight saving could easily be compensated for by convincing the business people of the world to bring their opening and closing times forward by one hour.

Think of it as daylight saving without touching the clock.

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