Well…we had a thread in the old forums: http://www.mediaspy.org/forum/index.php?/topic/5399-daylight-saving/page-15?
Responding to some recent discussion about the topic in the Ten Sport thread (which was mostly in relation to TV broadcasts):
Without Daylight Saving Time, we’d have ridiculously early Summer sunrises. Really, the sun rises before 6am (here in Sydney at least) at the peak of Summer with DST. Also, I daresay that more of the population would be awake at 7-8pm at night compared to 5-6am in the morning during the Summer/DST months!
Personally I think that Daylight Saving is absolutely fantastic here in Sydney and if anything, I wouldn’t complain if it ran for another month or so longer than it currently does in this part of the world.
That said, I do acknowledge that Daylight Saving doesn’t work everywhere and indeed, the current system six months of Daylight Saving as implemented by NSW/ACT/VIC/TAS/SA wouldn’t work everywhere. But of course letting different regions have different running times for DST would most likely make a complete mess of the timezones during Spring and Autumn which makes the current system of the states being able to decide whether or not to have DST not so bad, but still not perfect of course.
As I’ve said before about the topic of DST in Queensland (if not here, then certainly on Twitter), I think that it would only realistically work well in the South East corner of the state and running from November to February at the very most at that.
For better or worse, the power of regional politicians in Queensland would probably prevent a trial of DST in Queensland (whether it’s state wide or just for the South East) happening anytime soon. Remember, this is the same state that recently decided to go back to having their Labor Day Public Holiday in either June or July (not sure exactly which, but it was one of those two) after several years of having it in October in line with a few other states/territories.
Of course, I’d certainly be quite interested to hear the general opinions of others on the topic of Daylight Saving!