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Daylight saving brawl continues

Federal MP Justine Elliot believes "the issue of daylight saving is a state government issue".
Federal MP Justine Elliot believes "the issue of daylight saving is a state government issue".

THE Federal Government could step up and solve the border region's daylight saving mess, according to a report by NSW cross-border commissioner Steve Toms.

But Federal Member for Richmond Justine Elliott has batted the thorny issue straight back to NSW, and Nationals State Member Geoff Provest, to sort out.

Mr Provest was having none of it, leaving the entire debate right back where it started, while his Federal leader, Warren Truss, reckons we just need to get over it.

Mr Toms spoke to regional development leaders about his Listening Tour Report at Southern Cross University's Gold Coast campus on Thursday.

One of the 16 key prob- lems identified was daylight saving and the issues it caused for border residents.

"Daylight saving is certainly a major problem for cross-border businesses and residents," Mr Tom said.

"It's creating unnecessary frustrations for those involved."

Time around the world is mostly based on longitude and Mr Toms said where you have a separation on latitude it causes issues between the cross-border time zones.

"It's very much a poli- tical decision to change it," he said.

Mr Tom's report said it was suggested to him on his tour that "time zones should be regulated by the Federal Government to provide a national and consistent approach, and that the Commonwealth may have powers under the Weights and Measures provisions of the Constitution to regulate time zones".

Tweed and District Chamber of Commerce president and local business owner Rory Curtis said he found the issue frustrating.

"Operating a business with customers on both sides of the border, it's just madness," he said.

"We're the only place in the world that runs from north to south; it complicates things even more."

Mr Curtis said it was a problem affecting every- one, not just business owners, but said it was up to our northern neighbours to get their act together.

"It's not us that's got to change, it's Queensland," he said.

Federal MP for Richmond Justine Elliot was quick to pass the blame to the State Government.

"The issue of daylight saving is a state government issue," she said.

"This issue highlights yet again how the State Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest continues to fail locals.

"Mr. Provest has previously promised to fix this issue and still he does nothing.

"Mr. Provest is either unwilling or unable to deliver for locals."

However Mr Provest, who believes the Tweed District should be on Queensland time, said it was a complex issue and that he had promised to raise it, not fix it.

"I think it's a federal issue and Justine needs to take a stand," Mr Provest said.

"The Federal Government should take the lead."

National Party leader Warren Truss said yesterday "we've just got to live with it".

Topics:  business, daylight savings, justine elliot, nsw



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