FEDERAL DAYLIGHT SAVING FOR THE EAST COAST OF AUSTRALIA
FEDERAL EASTERN DAYLIGHT SAVING (F.E.D.S.)
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The International Meridian Conference held in Washington DC in 1884 divided the world into 24 standard time zones, with Greenwich in England being zero degrees longitude.
The 6 Australian colonies followed this convention in 1894 and 1895 with the 4 colonies on the eastern seaboard, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, adopting standard time based on the 150th meridian east of Greenwich, or 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, now known as UTC or Universal Time Coordinated.
Queensland does not follow the other states and the Australian Capital Territory when they move one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time each summer. This causes immense confusion for business, industry, the electronic media, border residents, airline travellers and the broader community.
On 27 October 2005, Ipswich City Councillor Paul Tully reignited the push for summer time in Queensland when he launched his Federal Eastern Daylight Saving (F.E.D.S.) proposal.
Cr Tully has drafted the Standard Time Bill 2005 under which the Commonwealth Parliament would become responsible for setting standard times and daylight saving times for all of Australia.
This draft Bill is based on a statement made to the Australian Senate by the Attorney-General Lionel Murphy on 30 July 1974 where he said that the Commonwealth Parliament could enact a daylight saving law under the 'Weights and measures' power granted to the Commonwealth by section 51 of the Australian Constitution which would override all inconsistent State laws.
The Daily Telegraph
SENATE PRESIDENT BACKS FEDERAL DAYLIGHT SAVING
By MALCOLM FARR
November 09, 2005
PRIME Minister John Howard has been told he has the constitutional power to impose uniform daylight saving and has been urged to sort out the muddle.
Senate President Paul Calvert wrote to the Prime Minister yesterday urging him to impose summer-time uniformity.
The Tasmanian senator wants the issue raised with premiers at a Council of Australian Governments meeting.
He said he believed the Federal Government could use its constitutional powers over weights and measures to bring order to time zones, including uniform starting times for daylight saving.
This could end the fracturing of summer into five separate time zones across the continent.
Senator Calvert said the "maze of different times" was a "real shackle on the economy, as well as causing interruptions to work and family balance".
Mr Howard is sympathetic. On October 28 he said it was 'a great pity' the states' starting times were staggered.
He supported moving the introduction of daylight saving back a month, to when it begins in Tasmania.
Tasmania marks the recognition of summer time on the first Sunday of October. It is followed at the end of the month by NSW, Victoria, South Australia and the ACT.
Queensland and the Northern Territory refuse to adjust their clocks.
Senator Calvert said he had asked Mr Howard to look at whether daylight saving should be extended in mainland states, and if they should start and finish together.
'The cost to our economy of the multitude of time zones and, more particularly, the inconsistent application of daylight saving, would be hard to quantify, but I would imagine it is significant,' he said.
NSW Premier Morris Iemma told The Daily Telegraph last month that for every city dweller who liked saving daylight, there was a rural resident who disagreed.
About 125 years ago Australia was divided into Eastern Standard Time, Central Standard Time and Western Standard Time according to an international convention on time zones.
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