DST push in WA likely dead on arrival as government opposition rejects private member’s bill
A new push to revive daylight saving time in WA appears dead on arrival, with the government and opposition pouring cold water on a proposed private member’s bill to restore the practice across the country. State.
- Daylight Saving Party MLC Wilson Tucker wants government to legislate bringing the practice into WA
- Voters in WA have rejected the practice in four separate referendums, the most recent in 2009
- Government and Opposition have ruled out backing Mr Tucker’s proposed vote of conscience
The Daylight Saving Party MLC Wilson Tucker has called on Premier Mark McGowan to legislate a return to the practice in Western Australia, instead of holding another referendum.
Mr Tucker, who sits on the cross bench of the Upper House of Western Australia, won his seat after being elected with just 98 votes, or 0.2% of the vote, and represents the mining and pastoral region of WA where voters cast strong invalid votes in broad daylight. save the referendums of 1975, 1984, 1992 and 2009.
Labor Secretary Sue Ellery, who as head of government in the Upper House effectively controls the likelihood of Mr Tucker’s bill being considered, was dismissive.
‘Anyone can introduce a bill… but it’s not a priority for the government at the moment,’ she told ABC Perth.
“DST is not something that has been raised with me in my constituency since the last referendum.”
Prime Minister Mark McGowan reinforced the dismissal late yesterday, confirming the government would seek to “respect” the results of the previous four referendums.
Timing right to push to vote
The introduction of daylight saving time was the only policy Mr. Tucker ran on in the state election and said now was the time to take action.
He said changing attitudes and census data over the past three years had highlighted the need to revisit the issue and said his interactions with voters were very different from those of Ms. Ellery.
“I would fundamentally disagree with Sue Ellery about people, what they say in the community,” he said.
“We know that in the last referendum the vote was negative, but it was only by a very narrow margin.
“People bring up this DST issue. I don’t think Sue listens carefully enough.”
Opponents say MLC is out of touch
Goldfields man Nick Fardell came forward against Mr Tucker as a contender for the WA National Championships and said Mr Tucker’s insistence on pursuing the issue highlights his disconnect from the region and of its inhabitants.
He said he did not fundamentally oppose daylight saving time, but that the discussion diverted attention from more pressing issues in the region.
“It’s an absolute disgrace in what this guy has done to represent the people in his seat,” Mr Fardell said.
“He did nothing to raise justice issues all over the North West and down to the Goldfields, he did nothing about the school situation and the lack of teachers and the lack of facilities on the regional education, and he did nothing about the health care system.”
National MP Shane Love said there had been no change in attitude in his regional electorate north of Perth.
“I’m not surprised that the party that calls itself the Daylight Savings Party is putting forward a motion in favor of daylight saving time,” he said.
“I think there were 98 people who voted for [Mr Tucker’s] party in its electorate, so it is not surprising that they do not seek to organize a referendum. »
The debate is sure to divide
Public commentary on ABC Perth highlighted the range of controversial views among West Australians on the issue.
“NO NO NO NO, how many times do we have to say it?” an anonymous texter wrote, while another knocked him down with a call to “bring WA out of the dark ages”.
Regional resident Alan said the nature of the climate made the idea much harder to sell outside of Perth.
“It actually doesn’t work in our hot environment,” he said.
“You lose the best hour in the morning and the best hour in the evening.”