Clocking on for more disruption



STAGGERED dinner times, over-tired children and homes where partners watch different clocks - welcome to the start of another five months of mayhem for those living and working on different sides of the border.

Small businesses, industry and government departments are taking steps to minimise the inevitable confusion triggered by the one-hour cross-border time difference starting on Sunday.

It was no different at Tweed River High School where nearly one-third of the 70-strong teaching staff live in Queensland, many with partners whose lives are regulated by a separate clock.

Teachers were yesterday writing reminders for students on blackboards and preparing to adjust scores of classroom clocks and their own sleeping habits to the new daylight saving regime.

Deputy principal Narelle Howell said the blackboard reminders were essential, particularly for students sitting for their HSC next week who would be an hour late for their exams if they failed to change their clocks.

Daylight saving in Queensland was placed firmly back on the agenda yesterday as the Liberals called for a two-year trial in the State's south-east.

Queensland is the only eastern State that will not turn its clocks forward an hour for the summer when daylight saving comes into effect tomorrow.

Liberal leader Bob Quinn said Queensland once again would be left behind by the other States.

"We think the south-east corner of the State ought to go in line with the rest of the eastern coast of Australia," Mr Quinn said.

"You have got major companies like Suncorp Metway saying it costs them $2 million every time daylight saving comes into effect."

Mr Quinn said he understood why people in Queensland's north and west were not interested in changing their time, but said the issue had a dramatic effect in the state's south-east where most people, particularly businesses, were keen to change.

"What we need to do now is simply go to a two-year trial of it and then at the end of that period of time have another report by a taskforce," he said.

"There is no doubt there will be some disadvantages to other parts of Queensland, but the overwhelming advantage lies in moving towards daylight saving."

Surveys then showed more than 60 per cent of south-east Queenslanders were in favour of daylight saving, but when taking into account the state as a whole, 54 per cent of Queenslanders opposed the idea.

But Premier Peter Beattie dismissed the suggestion.

"We are not going to have two Queenslands," he said. - AAP



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