DST referendum ‘unlikely'

THE TWEED is bound to suffer from the annual time warp on the Queensland border for years to come because the Queensland Government is again likely to avoid a referendum on daylight saving, predicts Tweed Mayor Warren Polglase.

“We will just be putting up with the same old inconvenience we have been putting up with for many years,” Cr Polglase said yesterday.

“It doesn't look like it's going to change.”

Cr Polglase's comments followed an online computer poll conducted by the Queensland Government which allowed Queenslanders to vote on whether their State Government should hold a referendum on adopting daylight saving in the south-east corner of the state.

While most of those who voted in the south-east of the state wanted a referendum, more than three quarters of those voting from outside the south-east corner were opposed.

“It would be interesting to see the actual numbers,” said Cr Polglase, adding that he did not believe Queensland Premier Anna Bligh wanted the issue being considered by voters during a state election.

Premier Anna Bligh yesterday released the results of the survey in which 74,000 took part.

While most wanted a referendum, a further breakdown showed that outside the south-east corner most people were opposed to even a referendum.

Overall, 63 per cent of people who chose to take part in the survey were in favour of a referendum, while 35 per cent were against.

A total of 64 per cent backed a trial of daylight saving in the south-east before any referendum, with 34 per cent opposed.

When broken down into regions, 67 per cent of people in south-east Queensland were in favour of a referendum, while 55 per cent of those outside the south-east were opposed.

A total of 76 per cent of people outside the south-east were opposed to a trial, while 70 per cent of those in the south-east backed a trial.

The Queensland Labor caucus is due to vote on the government's position on Monday. Ms Bligh however said she could see no momentum for change.

“Frankly, I'm a bit surprised – I thought that regional Queensland would be more relaxed about daylight saving if it was restricted to the south-east corner,” Ms Bligh said.

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