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THE Tweed and Gold Coast regions are set to remain split over daylight saving even though an independent poll has revealed 52 per cent of Queenslanders want it brought in across the sunshine state. Daylight saving began in New South Wales at 2am (AEST) yesterday when clocks were put forward one hour but they remained unchanged north of the Tweed, throwing the region's businesses into chaos. Confusion about cross-border trading hours has meant that Gold Coast residents have regularly pushed for Queensland to adopt daylight saving but the move has previously failed to attract statewide support. That has now changed with a new poll, conducted by Galaxy Research, revealing that only 41 per cent of Queenslanders opposed daylight saving. It is the first time a poll has shown majority support. A referendum in 1992 on the issue found 54 per cent of Queensland voters were opposed to daylight saving. But the poll, which surveyed 401 voters, has been dismissed by Queensland premier Peter Beattie who yesterday reaffirmed his opposition to daylight saving. "It's like fluoridation - there are passionate enthusiastic supporters for it, and there are passionate enthusiastic supporters opposed to it," said Mr Beattie, who has ruled out the possibility of holding another statewide referendum on the issue. The issue became a topic of hot debate last week after Ipswich City Councillor Paul Tully called on Canberra to use its constitutional powers to override state laws and introduce daylight saving in Queensland to bring it into line with the southern states. Prime Minister John Howard and federal and state Labor MPs have said daylight saving should be introduced in Queensland's south-east corner. Mr Beattie has suggested residents living on the Gold Coast may need to voluntarily wind their clocks forward. Daylight saving began in New South Wales, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory and South Australia yesterday.



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